Monday, March 31, 2008

Do We NOW know What a Kiwi Is?


Or This?

Or Maybe Even this!

When we arrived in New Zealand I raised the question about what a Kiwi is. I hope from reading the blog you now have a much better idea about what New Zealand (and New Zealanders) are all about. I suppose six weeks isn’t really enough time to really figure it out, but we have had a good glimpse.

If we really want to have a definition of the word, there seem to be at least three. First, judging by all of the souvenir stores in New Zealand, they think it is a nocturnal flightless bird of New Zealand having a long neck and stout legs; only surviving representative of the order Apterygiformes. Second, you are probably most familiar with a kiwi’s form as a fuzzy brown egg-shaped fruit with slightly tart green flesh. I have to admit that I have not eaten a kiwi, fruit or bird since we have been in New Zealand. Finally it is defined as a native or inhabitant of New Zealand, which is how you hear it used most.

Our emersion in New Zealand was a great experience and I would certainly encourage you to give it a try. A final heads up, there is a $25 NZ per person departure tax payable when you go through departing immigration.

Quirky Living Note: When ever “New Zealand” is written you invariably see the word Aotearoa close by. The country is very careful to write Maori definitions wherever possible. Aotearoa is the word for New Zealand with a precise definition of “Land of the Long White Cloud.”

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