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Hayward Wright and kiwifruit

Hayward Wright and kiwifruit

Kiwifruit is one exotic fruit that has been cultivated and developed for New Zealand conditions. Seeds first arrived in New Zealand in 1904, brought back from China by Wanganui Girls’ College headmistress Isabel Fraser. Auckland nurseryman Hayward Wright selected a high-yielding variety with good flavour, which became known as the Hayward variety of Chinese gooseberry. The name was changed to kiwifruit by fruit-packing company Turners and Growers in 1959.

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Ross Galbreath, 'Agricultural and horticultural research - Early days', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Ross Galbreath, published 24 Nov 2008