Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Kiwiana Clichés More Popular than Kiwi Flag


26 August 2013

Kiwiana Clichés More Popular than Kiwi Flag

Research released today has found that New Zealanders feel more passionate about Kiwiana clichés and symbols, think the silver fern and the Pavlova, than their own national flag!

The research, sure to create debate at the office water cooler, was commissioned by Tasti Products to celebrate 82 years of proud Kiwi ownership, and confirms that our love affair with Kiwiana is alive and well.

Perceptive Research* revealed our attitudes to national identity and discovered that when New Zealanders were asked what symbol represented their identity only 4% identified the national flag. Whereas 49% felt more passionate about the silver fern and 32% about the Kiwi.

The research findings coincide with an irreverent new campaign being launched by Tasti which aims to encourage New Zealanders to celebrate the quirky side of our Kiwi culture.

Adrian Cook, Marketing Director of Tasti says, “We wanted a campaign that would make people smile and remind them how lucky they are to live in ‘Godzone’. One of New Zealand’s all time favourite tunes ‘How Bizarre’ is complimented by clever animation and iconic Kiwiana clichés.

“We asked our Facebook community to help us make the ad by voting for their favourite Kiwi icons. It quickly became apparent that the Kiwi Flag did not feature highly on this list. This may be because New Zealand is a relatively young nation. Whatever the reason most of us are fiercely proud to be Kiwi and that looks unlikely to change.”

The tongue-in-cheek campaign is crammed full of Kiwi clichés. Viewers are treated to a nostalgic trip through Aotearoa in none other than a corrugated iron ute sporting a coat hanger as the aerial. Guest appearances include: Opo the Dolphin, a Manu doll, and Captain James Cook sizzling on a spit as he is serenaded by 10 guitars. If you look carefully you will also spot a possum eating a chocolate fish and policemen blowing on their hot pies.

The Kiwi is one of New Zealand’s most loved symbols and a native bird Tasti is passionate about protecting. Simon Hall, Executive Chairman of Tasti Products is also the Chairman of the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust, known for its championing of Kiwi birds.

If you reckon you know your kinas from your kumaras watch the clip and go to to see how you and your mates measure up.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


No Soul: Soulfest 2015 Cancelled

It is with a heavy heart and great regret that SoulFest International Australia advises that it has become necessary to cancel SoulFest 2015 and the subsequent sideshows, due to low ticket sales in Australia and New Zealand. More>>

Time Of The Ensigns: Wellington City Council Flies The Flags

At noon on Monday the five flag options for the first referendum were hoisted over the Wellington Town Hall. The wind did not disappoint and the contenders for the new ensign contender spot flapped happily in a spring wind. More>>


13/10: 40 Years Since The Māori Land March Arrived At Parliament

Traffic into Wellington came to a standstill as thousands of Māori and Pākehā streamed along the motorway into the capital on 13 October 1975, concluding the Māori land march to parliament. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Before The Quakes

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from decades past: The Christchurch I lived in for my first 23 years was where four-year-olds walked alone to kindergarten, crossing roads empty of all but a couple of cars per hour. My primary school, Ilam, was newly built on a grassy paddock surrounded by rural land... More>>

6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news