The Bulford Kiwi

The Kiwi we left behind

By Colleen Brown

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The intriguing story of a 130m-tall Kiwi carved into a hillside in southern England by New Zealand troops waiting to go home at the end of World War One.

Whether they knew it or not at the time, over the years the construction of the Kiwi emblem became a touchstone for returning servicemen and their families. A chore to occupy the hours of waiting for a ship home had become something to be proud of; the detested Sling Camp was now adorned with a connection to home. The emblem came to represent far more than a mere motif. For many of those involved in creating it, the Kiwi came to represent the lost men, the men whose feet had trod the training bullring where they readied themselves for war, and those who would never go home. A monument built by soldiers, not governments, for themselves and their mates.

240 x 160 mm, 176 pages, b&w, paperback with jacket


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Colleen Brown

COLLEEN BROWN is well known as a local body politician, serving on Manukau City Council for nine years and is currently a Counties Manukau District Health Board member.  She lives in Hillpark, one of the remaining urban forests in Auckland city with her family. Her background is as an educationist and disability advocate. She has a deep love of policy and the impact government policy has on the lives of ordinary people. She was awarded the MNZM in 2000 for her contributions to the education, community and disability sectors. When writing her Master’s thesis she interviewed many of the key players in the 4th Labour Government who pushed reforms through in the education sector. That research has led her to work in a variety of fields since then, including the disability sector. Now she is using those investigative skills to write about an aspect of New Zealand’s history in 1919 that has largely been ignored.