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[ Top: three New Zealand stamps, portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, one 25 cent mainly red, two mainly blue, one 14 cent (cancelled 10 cent), one 10 cent; at foot of page a row of six stamps, portraits of a young Queen Elizabeth II, two orange 1d and 1d, to red 3d and 3d, two brown 2d (cancelled undecipherable) and 1.5d ] [ purple ink: ] in a fragmented love song / that explores the naturally / split personalities of the / two main protagonists, and / of the author. The Orpheus myth / has been so done to death in / poetry that it has become its / own inkblot, open to apparently / endless interpretation. This present- / ation will take the form of a reading/ / performance with colourful pictures / but no lyres. Sorry, Orph. [ Two horizontal yellow ink lines. ]

Commentary:
Wikipedia: Prior to the introduction of the New Zealand dollar in 1967, the New Zealand pound was the currency of New Zealand, which had been distinct from the pound sterling since 1933. The pound used the £sd or LSD system, in which the pound (£ or L for librae) was divided into 20 shillings (s for solidus) and one shilling was divided into 12 pence [ singular=penny ](d for denarii), which by the 1950s was considered complicated and cumbersome. Switching to decimal currency had been proposed in New Zealand since the 1930s, although only in the 1950s did any plans come to fruition. In 1957, a committee was set up by the Government to investigate decimal currency. The idea fell on fertile ground, and in 1963, the Government decided to decimalise New Zealand currency. The Decimal Currency Act was passed in 1964, setting the date of transition to 10 July 1967. Words such as kiwi and zeal were proposed to avoid confusion with the word dollar, which many people at the time associated with the United States dollar. In the end, the word ‘dollar’ was chosen anyway, and an anthropomorphic dollar note cartoon character called ‘Mister Dollar’ became the symbol of transition in a huge publicity campaign. On Monday 10 July 1967 (‘Decimal Currency Day’), the New Zealand dollar was introduced to replace the pound at a rate of two dollars to one pound (one dollar to ten shillings, ten cents to one shilling, five sixths of a cent to a penny). Some 27 million new banknotes were printed and 165 million new coins were minted for the changeover. Australia had decimalised earlier, on 14 February 1966.

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These are scans of pages of a Tapa Notebook, filled out by Australian poet John Tranter for the University of Auckland Library. It recounts his experiences in Auckland in March 2012 at the University’s symposium ‘Short Takes on Long Poems’. John has published an internet journal with similar material. This Notebook has the advantage of handwriting, doodles, decoupage and lots of colourful New Zealand stamps. Copyright Notice: Please respect the fact that all the material on this site is copyright © and the individual authors 2012 to 2016 et seq. It is made available here without charge for personal study and enjoyment by individuals only. It may not be stored, displayed, published, reproduced, or used for any other purpose.

 

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