Icons of New Zealand
Kiwiana is the name given to the iconic symbols of New Zealand which have become a part of NZ culture during the 20th century.
Examples of Kiwiana
Afghan biscuits : Biscuits made from crushed cornflakes, with a chocolate icing and a walnut on top.
All Blacks: The national rugby team... almost a religion in NZ
Buzzy Bee: Traditional wooden toy made from wood in the shape of a tree. Most New Zealanders used to have this pull-along toy as a kid.
Chocolate Fish: Popular chocolate covered pink marshmallow in the form of a fish.
Cookies Time: Huge cookie with chocolate chips
Edmonds Cookbook: The most popular cookbook in NZ with traditional recipes that appear in most homes throughout the country.
Footrot Flats: The famous comic of farmlife created by Murray Ball.
Four Square supermarkets: These mini supermarkets are like the local corner store and even appear in the smallest of towns. The Mr. Four Square logo is now a classic.
Greenstone: A green precious stone used in making jewellery and decorative items.
Gumboots: Rubber boots ideal for walking through mud and puddles. They are typically black.
Hangi: Traditional Maori method of cooking with heated stones in a pit. See how to make a hangi here
Hokey Pokey ice cream: Vanilla ice cream with small solid lumps of hokey pokey (honey toffee).
Jandals: Typical footwear for the beach. Jandals are made of rubber and called flip-flops or thongs in other countries.
Kiwi: a native bird of NZ. It comes out at night and cannot fly.
Kiwifruit: The fruit with brown furry skin and a yummy green inside.
L & P: (Lemon & Paeroa) A popular fizzy drink (= soda) from New Zealand.
Longest Drink in Town: The typical milkshake paper cup that is long and has the image of a blue and red giraffee on its side. They have been used since the 60s in most diaries and cafes.
Marmite: A dark spread made from yeast.
Number 8 wire: Wire used for fencing. It generally refers to New Zealanders being innovative and using whatever resources they have at hand to fix something.
Pohutukahua: A tree that is common near most beaches. It produces a red flower around Christmas time.
Paua: The polished shell of an abalone. Used as an ashtray or for decorative purposes.
Pavlova: A light meringue dessert topped with cream and fruit.
Pineapple Lumps: confectionery made with a pineapple flavoured chewy centre (in rectangular form) that is covered in chocolate
Pukeko: A typical black and blue bird that can be seen strutting around lakes and parks.
Swanndri: a waterproof woollen overcoat that is popular with farmers. It is usually a tartan design of blue (or red) with black.
Silver Fern: a native plant of NZ and a symbol used by many national sport teams
Tiki: A (normally green) pendant with the maorí design of a taniwha (monster)
Tip-Top: The most famous brand of ice cream in New Zealand.
Tomato Sauce bottle: the red plastic bottle in the shape of a tomato, used to serve ketchup/tomato sauce.
Watties Tomato Sauce: The most classic brand of tomato sauce in NZ.
Whittaker's Peanut Slab: Thick slabs of chocolate with peanuts in it.
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