Tuesday, September 6, 2011

C'mon Kiwi - Buying NZ made Products

You may have noticed the cute Kiwi used as an emblem by the 'Buy New Zealand Made' organisation.

It is used to identify the origin of the product as NZ, and encourages customers to buy NZ made products. Have you ever wondered about the history of using  this fluffy flightless bird as a emblem to represent New Zealand? Here are some fabulous Kiwi facts, taken from a brochure published by the 'Buy NZ Made' organisation.

  • The Kiwi as an emblem was used in military badges back in 1886
  • Kiwi Shoe Polish was launched in 1906 in Melbourne (yes in Australia) by man with a NZ wife
  • During WW1 New Zealanders carved a giant Kiwi into the hill in England
  • The word Kiwi can refer to our currency, to a furry brown bird, a furry brown fruit, and to New Zealanders
  • The nostrils of a Kiwi (bird) are at the far end of it's beak 

The Buy New Zealand Made campaign has been using the Kiwi as an emblem since 1988, and it has come to represent quality NZ made products. Look out for it when you shop.

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