Kōrero: Kiwi

RNZAF Harvard (3 o 3)

RNZAF Harvard

A number of First World War regiments adopted the kiwi as their badge, but it was not until the 1960s that the Royal New Zealand Air Force made the kiwi their official emblem. Many have commented on the irony of a bird which is unable to fly becoming the symbol of a flying force.

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Jock Phillips, 'Kiwi - Kiwi and people: early history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/10191/rnzaf-harvard (accessed 12 November 2019)

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