Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ka-Pie Kiwi Kitsch'N

"Ka Pai" is Maori for "good". "Kitsch" according to is "something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste." In New Zealand, the term often goes with something quintessentially Kiwi, but a little old fashioned and potentially embarrassing; when they are not embarrassing and go into museums or are photographed for calendars and coffee table books, they are called "Kiwiana".

The church in the background is Trinity Church, and the glass triangle is the roof of NMIT student accommodation block.

And remember, pies are sometimes-food.


  1. Based on what I saw on my visit I'd say this looked like quintessential Kiwi.

  2. Kitsch is in the eye of the beholder to refrase, this is the kind of thing I enjoy while going through NZ towns big and small... (brewbar excluded). As for Kiwiana, well, I'm still trying to cope with it...
    Great one again Meg! Cheers!

  3. Absolutely it is, Wayne.

    Lachezar, I sense it's time to bring out the tomato sauce tomato!

  4. This looks like a great place to sit and have a drink and people watch.

  5. Deeble, it's an interesting place to watch polytech students and staff, or little kiddies at Central School across the street.


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