Kiwi (people)

"Kiwi" (/ˈkiwi/ KEE-wee)[1] is a common self-reference used by New Zealanders,[2] though it is also used internationally.[3] Unlike many demographic labels, its usage is not considered offensive; rather, it is generally viewed as a symbol of pride and endearment for the people of New Zealand.[4] The name derives from the kiwi, a native flightless bird, which is a national symbol of New Zealand. Until the First World War, the kiwi represented the country and not the people; however, by 1917, New Zealanders were also being called "Kiwis", supplanting other nicknames such as "Enzedder".[5]

A Kiwi holding a kiwi