ICONS OF KI­WIANA

North & South - - Cover Story -

• THE ED­MONDS BAK­ING POW­DER la­bel. Es­tab­lished in 1879, the trade­mark is one of New Zealand’s best-known brands. Thomas Ed­monds told a doubt­ing cus­tomer her bak­ing was “sure to rise” if she used the prod­uct.

•CHES AND DALE. The ru­ral car­toon char­ac­ters – the shorter one il­lus­trated by Dick Frizzell – ap­peared in tele­vi­sion ads for Ch­es­dale cheese in the late 1960s, singing the jin­gle: “We are the boys from down on the farm, we re­ally know our cheese...”

• THE BLACK SIN­GLET. Pop­u­larised by Fred Dagg (John Clarke) in the 1970s, the sin­glet was worn by shear­ers and farm­ers from the early 1900s.

• THE BUZZY BEE. The pull-along chil­dren’s toy was made by Auck­land ck­land broth­ers Hec and John Ram­sey y in the 1940s, but in his book Crikey! Talk about Ki­wiana, Richard Wolfe says ays the idea ac­tu­ally came from a toy made by Fisher- Price in New York. ork.

• COR­RU­GATED IRON AN­I­MALS. ALS. Artist and sculp­tor Jeff Thom­son’s on’s cre­ations are in pub­lic and pri­vate ate col­lec­tions around the world. Thom­son-in­spired cor­ru­gated iron ron sig­nage and an­i­mals are among g the main at­trac­tions of Ti­rau.

• FOOTROT FLATS’ DOG. Mur­ray ray Ball’s car­toon sheep­dog, along with other char­ac­ters in­clud­ing Wal and Cooch, were born in 1975 and have out­lived their cre­ator, who died last year. The orig­i­nal news­pa­per car­toon strip spawned books, a movie, a mu­si­cal and even a theme park.

• THE FOUR SQUARE GRO­CER. Wolfe says the im­age was based on an ac­tual gro­cer, Ge­orge Al­lan, who opened a store in Auck­land af­ter re­turn­ing from World War II. When Dick Frizzell in­cluded his own ver­sion of the im­age in a 1982 art­work, it be­came so pop­u­lar it ended up be­ing re­pro­duced on prints, posters and tea tow­els.

prop­erty be­cause they en­joy the life­style, many have been de­mol­ished or have fallen down. A sim­ple dwelling built in a spe­cial spot near a beach, stream or river isn’t unique to New Zealand, he says, but “baches in the way we use them, and the word, may be unique. We have in­dige­nous Māori ar­chi­tec­ture with the wharenui, and I also think the knocked-to­gether na­ture of many of those older baches was a sort of New Zealand ar­chi­tec­ture.”

He agrees some baches should be pro­tected, say­ing the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion needs to look af­ter our cul­tural as well as our eco­log­i­cal land­scape.

Ar­chi­tect Nigel Cook de­scribed the bach as “the only truly in­dige­nous build­ing type the sec­ond wave of im­mi­grants to these is­lands have thus far pro­duced”.

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