Kiwis, Kiwis and Kiwis: The People of New Zealand


He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people! It is people!

Maori Proverb

Korubrighter A koru I found while walking in the bush

One of the most important, fundamental differences between England and New Zealand is one that is often overlooked when juxtaposed with the landscape, wildlife and weather: it is the people.

The people of New Zealand are called kiwis. This can cause a certain amount of confusion among tourists, as there are two other distinct entities in New Zealand that also bear the name kiwi:

1)      The endangered, native bird that is a symbol of New Zealand, the equivalent of Australia’s kangaroo.

2)      The fuzzy, green fruit also known as the Chinese gooseberry, the growing of which is an important industry in New Zealand.

Despite this…

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2 thoughts on “Kiwis, Kiwis and Kiwis: The People of New Zealand

  1. Charles says:

    Lollies in UK are iceblocks and good on ya mate isn’t a speights saying
    South Londoners sound funny and so do the cornish. You alright my lover


    • kiwipom91 says:

      Lollies in the UK are both lollipops AND ice lollies. (We never used the term ice block where I was from, it was ice lollies or lolly ices.) “Good on ya mate” didn’t originate with Speights, but the Speights commercial helped popularise it. (Speights have a different ad campaign now.)

      I’ve only been to London twice in my life. Cornish is funny, I suppose.


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