Kiwi in New Zealand
When “Kiwi” is mentioned, most people think of kiwifruit.
But did you know there are three kinds of kiwis in New Zealand?
First, New Zealand's national bird is called the Kiwi. Kiwis are small brown native flightless birds which sleep in burrows during the day and come out at night. Because they can’t fly they are easy prey to rats and other predators and are now endangered. Most people will only see a kiwi in a zoo or sanctuary. Being small, with a long thin nose and soft fur, they are very cute, and most people love them.
Secondly, New Zealanders are also called a Kiwis, after the bird. You hear this often overseas. Most New Zealanders call themselves Kiwis too!
Lastly, there is the kiwifruit, a small green or gold skinned furry fruit grown in New Zealand that has been named after the people and the bird. Kiwifruit is very well known and liked overseas and is already sold in Korea. Kiwifruit originated in China but grew well in New Zealand conditions. Before being commercially harvested and marketed it was known here as “Chinese Gooseberry”. Did you know that?