Sunday, April 4, 2010

New Zealand -Sir Peter Blake Limited Presentation Pack


New Zealand - A Great Thematic - Honouring a New Zealand icon of the seas.

Sir Peter James Blake, KBE (1 October 1948 in Auckland – 6 December 2001 in Brazil) was a New Zealand yachtsman who won the Whitbread Round the World Race, the Jules Verne Trophy – setting the fastest time around the world of 74 days 22 hours 17 minutes 22 seconds on catamaran Enza, and led his country to successive victories in the America’s Cup. In honour of his services to yachting, Blake was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1995, and received an honorary doctorate in 2000 from AUT University. Sir Peter was on the Amazon River monitoring environment change when he was murdered in Brazil on 6th December 2001. When internationally renowned sailor and environmentalist Sir Peter Blake was murdered in 2001, the people of New Zealand were shaken to the core. A long-time icon of the nation - winner of global ocean races, indefatigable leader of our challenge for the America's Cup - Sir Peter was just beginning a new phase of his life, raising public awareness of the threats facing the planet's aquatic environment.

In November 2009, New Zealand Post to honour this extraordinary man with a stamp release that will be launched just days before Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum opens its new exhibition: Blue Water Black Magic - A Tribute to Sir Peter Blake.Take a look at our website and you'll see that we've created a superb range of collectables for you to choose from. The stamps celebrate five elements of Sir Peter's life, around leadership and determination. There are also two first day covers, a miniature sheet and a presentation pack, with commentary from Peter Montgomery, the voice of yachting in New Zealand. The presentation pack includes a special imperforate miniature sheet that is also an adult entry ticket (valued at $16.00) to visit Blue Water Black Magic - A Tribute to Sir Peter Blake at Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum. Only 4,000 of these special imperforate miniature sheets have been produced.We've also chosen this issue to publish one of our prestigious Limited Editions. A unique numbered and limited product, it includes a personal perspective of Sir Peter Blake from world-renowned yachting journalist, Bob Fisher, that I know you'll enjoy reading.
Source : http://stamps.nzpost.co.nz/Cultures/en-NZ/Stamps/NewZealandCurrentIssues/SirPeterBlake and wikipedia
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