June and I were delighted to visit Otorohanga and experience the real Kiwiana. We are most impressed with its website which celebrates our Kiwi icons, heroes and traditions. We look forward to another visit soon.
Project Kiwiana is an aggressive, progressive organisation helping Otorohanga to grow, reviving a small town and keeping our past alive.
Otorohanga is to be congratulated for celebrating kiwiana – those colourful customs and institutions that reveal much about New Zealanders, where they have been and, perhaps, where they go from here.
I remember when Kiwiana was launched and Ed and I rode on a truck that looked like a mountain down the main street; so much excitement…. and Otorohanga has kept up the image of our New Zealand with the (Ed Hillary) Walkway and its history. A day for me to remember and a town to visit.
Congratulations Otorohanga for your innovative Kiwiana project. Towns and cities all over NZ are continually searching for a way of promoting their uniqueness. It is easy for towns like Queenstown with its skifields or Rotorua with its geysers and in large cities such as Wellington they can simply hire an international advertising company, but the rest of us have to survive on our wits. Project Kiwiana celebrates everything New Zealanders can feel proud of. From Aunt Daisy to Sir Edmund Hillary, from the humble bumble bee to boot polish. ...Perhaps you have started a trend that you will always be the heart of. Good on ya.