How did the kiwi become a star?
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Travellers in some parts of New Zealand could be excused for thinking they'd taken a wrong turning many of the names of our streets seem to be pointing somewhere else. In most cases that other place is the British Empire, which once ensured that much of the globe was coloured red. New Zealand couldn't avoid this influence, and our unswerving allegiance inspired many of the names now imposed on the landscape. Individuals—and their deeds of valour which secured this once mighty Empire—may have been forgotten, but their names endure, immortalised and enamellised on street signs.
The kiwi may be our national symbol today, but when, emblem-wise, it was still a downy chick, New Zealand had quite a different figurehead.
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