Kiwiana Uniquely New Zealand by Stephen Barnett & Richard Wolfe
Kiwiana Uniquely New Zealand is an essential guide for both New Zealanders and overseas visitors, identifying and celebrating some of the more colourful and durable aspects of this country’s popular culture.
Known as Kiwiana, these are characterful objects and customs that define the New Zealand way of life. They have become distinctive to this country. Some of these examples of Kiwiana had their origins in the nineteenth century and others emerged more recently. Although most reflected the development of a local ingenuity, an uncanny ability to `make do’.
With the growth of international travel and trade in the late twentieth century, many distinctive features of the New Zealand way of life became increasingly vulnerable in the face of overseas influences. This collection therefore celebrates some of the more hardy examples of Kiwiana. Those classics that have endured over the years, while also acknowledging a nostalgia for the recent past. Making it a period recalled with amusement and affection. At the same time, these so-called icons of Kiwiana will be of interest to overseas visitors, representing a quirky and colourful resource unique to New Zealand, and is priced as an ideal keepsake from their visit.
About the Author
RICHARD WOLFE’s engagement with Kiwiana dates back to the early 1970s, when he became interested in the distinctive features of New Zealand’s popular culture and way of life. This led to several publications, including the first book on Kiwiana in 1999, co-authored with Stephen Barnett.
Author: Stephen Barnett & Richard Wolfe
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