A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzabar

A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzibar... Now what is between? For the world wide classical era philatelist and stamp collector, a country specific philatelic survey is offered by the blog author, Jim Jackson, with two albums: Big Blue, aka Scott International Part 1 (checklists available), and Deep Blue, aka William Steiner's Stamp Album Web PDF pages. In addition, "Bud" offers commentary and a look at his completely filled Big Blue. Interested? So into the Blues...

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Niue - Bud's Big Blue

Niue, Scott #8 blue, carmine overprint
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations

Remote, small, neglected, increasingly depopulated – terms that apply to the South Pacific coral atoll named Niue. By 2020, its population had decline to barely more than 1000, owing to emigration mostly to New Zealand with which Niue, although self-governing, has a formal connection.

Even its pictorial stamps show views of the Cook Islands, some 670 miles away, rather than of Niue itself. Captain Cook’s likeness appears, too, but he never set foot on the little island. He sighted it but sailed away when confronted by hostile Niueans.

Avarua Harbor (Cook Islands), Niue #44 violet and black, 
Cook Islands #77 dull violet and blue green

So, New Zealand overprints (beginning in 1902) and inscribed stamps issued together with the Cook Islands (beginning in 1920) comprise Niue’s classical era stamps.

Capt. James Cook, a tactical withdrawal skipper
Niue, Scott #57 red and black

As with other small nations, a vital part of Niue’s 21st century economy depends on collectors buying its postage stamps. Those featuring fish, butterflies and British royals have sold well. No Disney characters, yet.

Niue, Scott #864, multicolored

A 2011 souvenir sheet commemorates Kate Middleton and Prince William's marriage. Controversy arose over the perforations between the two royals portending, it was supposed, a marital split. The couple is still plagued by divorce rumors.

Census: 40 in BB spaces, 12 on the supplement page.

Jim's Observations

Niue ("behold the coconut") is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean currently in free association with New Zealand.

The Capital is Alofi, and the population was 4,100 in 1936. Of interest, the population today (as pointed out by Bud in his Observations) is about 1,000, with 90% of Niueans living in New Zealand.

New Zealand annexed Niue in 1901, along with the Cook islands to the east.

Captain James Cook sighted the island in 1774, but was refused permission to land by the natives.

They had a native red banana (hulahula) painted on their teeth- which looked like blood to Captain Cook- so he named it "Savage Island".

Niue was "somewhat" separately administered from the Cook Islands by New Zealand because of Niue's remoteness, as well as the fact that Niue and the Cook Islands Polynesians had cultural and linguistic differences.

I say "somewhat", because Niue and the Cook Islands were pretty much lumped together in reality stamp wise - as is evident by viewing Bud's Niue BB pages below.

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