Story: Kiwi

Kiwi concert party

During the Second World War, the word Kiwis was almost universally adopted to describe New Zealanders. Here a touring troupe of entertainers called the Kiwi Concert Party perform beneath the kiwi symbol of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force at El Alamein in North Africa, in October 1942. Listen to them sing ‘The Kiwis on parade’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Kiwi - A kiwi country: 1930s–2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 15 May 2015