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I'll start by saying Australia has NZ well-beaten when it comes to town icons . . . and most of theirs start with "The Big _______" eg pineapple, banana, merino sheep . . .

Quite a list of them here

New Zealand has it's own range of 'icons', and a good start for this thread will be the ones featured on a set of NZ stamps issued in 1998. I've seen all odf these except the Brown Trout in Gore, but there are plenty of others too around the country.



Gore's Brown Trout
Gore's giant brown trout leaps from giant rocks at the northernmost entrance to the town's main shopping area. It is 6.5 metres tall and weighs one tonne.

Kaikoura's Crayfish
Kaikoura has long been associated with crayfish. In fact the word translates as 'eat crayfish'. Determined to remind everyone that the cray was the town's traditional icon, Annette Paterson, the proprietor of the Suntrap Restaurant and Takeaways, built this massive seven metre-long crustacean over the entrance.

Riverton's Paua Shell
This giant shellfish on the roadside at Riverton was originally intended to draw attention to a local family's souvenir shop, which specialises in paua products. Since then, the four metre high shell has taken on a new status, and is now seen by many to represent the entire town.

Te Puke's Kiwifruit
This gigantic slice of kiwifruit was one of the country's earliest big roadside icons and can be found in Te Puke - the self-appointed 'Kiwifruit Capital of the World'.

Paeroa's L&P Bottle
Paeroa spring water was first sold in the late 1880s by the Paeroa Natural Mineral Water Company. Later owners added lemon essence to make Lemon and Paeroa. Today those entering the town are greeted by a seven metre tall L & P bottle.

Ohakune's Carrot
The Ohakune region produces two-thirds of all the carrots grown in the North Island. Local carrot growers were determined to celebrate this achievement. They did so by rescuing and relocating a 9 metre tall carrot built as a prop for a television commercial.

Te Kuiti's Shearer
Having produced more than its fair share of Golden Shears Open and New Zealand Shearing Championships winners over the years, Te Kuiti claims to be 'The Shearing Capital of New Zealand'. This 6 metre tall roadside shearer celebrates that status.

Napier's Pania
Napier's Pania of the Reef was inspired by a Maori legend. Pania was a member of the Sea People but met a human named Karitoki and left the waters to live on land with her lover. Her people lured her back to their world, and would not let her return to the land and the man she loved.

Lake Tekapo's Border Collie
The area around Lake Tekapo was, in part, made viable as a farming area by the wonderful sheep-herding abilities of border collies. This bronze sheepdog, on the lookout near the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo, is often referred to as Friday - a border collie famous in local mythology.

Hawera's Cow
Hawera's 'Big Cow' can be found two kilometres south of the township, on the corner of Whareroa Road and State Highway 3. The 'Big Cow' also draws attention to the Dairyland Visitors Centre and Cafe, and Kiwi Dairies' manufacturing site.


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another one, a small one, and not a toen icon, the 'buzzy bee' toy, also once featured on a stamp

Buzzy Bee™ has endeared itself to thousands of New Zealanders. An intriguing concoction of buzzing sound, quivering antennae, spinning wings and bold colours, this delightful pull-along toy has been purchased in the hundreds of thousands since its first release in the mid 1940s.




Notable recipients include the future King of England, Prince William (pic above), Princess Aiko from Japan and the Spanish Royal family.

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A narrow red fibreglass tube, 200mm in diameter, the Windwand (Len Lye) stands 45 metres high on the foreshore of New Plymouth. Weighing approximately 900kg, the Wind Wand can bend at least 20 metres. At night, a light at the top of the Wand emits a soft red glow.
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Taihape - The Gumboot Capital of The World

Taihape is located in the central North Island on State Highway One. Our icon is
the good old humble but hard working Gumboot – after all, “where would you be without your Gumboots?".

Every March we hold our famous Gumboot Day for locals and visitors with Gumboot throwing competitions, good music, great stalls, and fun entertainment for the whole family.


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Default Patea - Turi's waka

Patea - south Taranaki town of approx 1200 people, 100km from New Plymouth, 60km to Wanganui further south.
Trivia: In the 1920s Patea was the largest cheese exporting port in the world.

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This waka monument, erected in 1933, stands along Highway 3 in Patea and commemorates Turi, captain of the waka Aotea, which was given him by the father of his wife, Rongorongo.

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Not quite an icon, but 50m from the waka is the Patea Post Office; a friend bought it when the PO sold off many of their buildings early 90s, and lived there till 2004 - the upstairs was a 3-bedroom 'house' from the days when there was a Postmaster in residence. Downstairs was storage, motorbike parking and home-brew manufacture.

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Default Patea - the song 'Poi E'

In terms of 'iconic' I can't think of a better example than Poi E - and note it features the waka from the previous post (no pics of the Post Office though).

"Poi E" is a New Zealand 1984 number-one hit song by the group Patea Māori Club off the album of the same name. Its popularity is unique in New Zealand as Māori music rarely reaches popular status.
Released in 1984, the song was sung entirely in the Māori language and featured a blend of Māori cultural practices in the song and accompanying music video, including Māori chanting, poi dancing, and the wearing of traditional Māori garments.
Not only did the song top the New Zealand pop charts for four weeks, but the single also became the biggest seller in New Zealand for 1984, "outselling all international recording artists."
Today the song maintains its status as a cult classic. It also made a comeback in 2010 by reaching the New Zealand Top 20 after being featured in the successful New Zealand comedy film Boy. On May 24 that year it reached #3.


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The Footrot Flats animated film is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a re-release through New Zealand cinemas at 14 Event Cinemas around the country for a limited two-week season, September 1 to 14.

Murray Ball's comic strip, depicting the life of Wal Footrot and Dog, elevated the status of the humble gumboot and black singlet to icons of national pride and celebrated rugby as the national game.

Coproducer Pat Cox hopes the re-release will encourage parents and grandparents to show a new generation the iconic Kiwi movie.

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The 'Kiwiana' mural at Otorohanga, south of Hamilton on the west coast, north island





Wiki says: Kiwiana are certain items and icons from New Zealand's heritage, especially from around the middle of the 20th century that are seen as representing iconic Kiwi elements. These "quirky things that contribute to a sense of nationhood"[1] include both genuine cultural icons and kitsch.

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Manaia (Taranaki)
The largest employer in Manaia (pop. 924) is a bakery (Yarrows) so the locals have decided to celebrate their claim to being New Zealand's Bread Capital by building a 3-metre high, three-dimensional double loaf of bread. Some love it, some hate it - but no one fails to notice it.


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