National symbols of New Zealand - Wikipedia

Symbol Image Remarks National bird: Kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) The term Kiwis has been used as a nickname for New Zealanders since at least World War I, and the bird's use as a symbol for the country dates from the same era. National plant: Silver fern (Cyathera dealbata) A species of medium-sized tree fern, endemic to New Zealand.…

Why are New Zealanders Called Kiwis?

The first depiction of the kiwi as New Zealand’s national symbol can be traced as far back as the early 1900s. In 1904, the New Zealand Free Lance printed a cartoon by J. C. Blomfield which showed a plucky kiwi as it transformed into a moa – an extinct native bird species which, at the time, was deemed to be much tougher than its smaller companion.Author: Thalita Alves…

New Zealand's icon :: Kiwis for kiwi

Kiwis for kiwi ›› About kiwi ›› New Zealand’s icon New Zealand’s icon. Silver ferns may adorn our sporting heroes’ uniforms, but when they’re representing their country it’s as proud Kiwis. ... As a symbol for a people, kiwi transcend age, gender, race and creed.…