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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