10 things Australia have tried to steal from New Zealand and claim as their own


Us Kiwis are a proud bunch, we love our Red Band gumboots, buzzy bees and jet planes! So when we saw Jackson Hook's winning Kiwiana inspired video he made for the Primo Flavour Lab Competition it got us thinking, what are some of the other things that make us 100% Kiwi that Australia have tried to steal?

1. Pavlova
This sweet fluffy cloud of sugar & egg whites was named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova. The first known recipe of this dessert (meringue with fruit & cream) appeared in a NEW ZEALAND cookbook in 1929 (Davis Dainty Dishes) - six years before it turned up in Australia.

2. Lolly Cake
Traditionally made with Eskimo lollies or fruit puffs, Lolly Cake will always be a Kiwi bakery staple YUM!

3. The Lamington
Sorry Australia, new research has revealed the Lamington is a Kiwi creation! Fun fact - Lamingtons were initially called “Wellingtons” - “double sponge dessert, dressed with shavings of coconut intended to imitate the snow capped mountains of New Zealand”.

4. Phar Lap
The horse with a big heart - born in Timaru, PL was a thoroughbred racehorse who dominated in the 1920’s & 1930’s winning 37 of his 51 races including the Melbourne Cup. Did we mention he was born in Timaru?!

5. Team NZ Medals
After their embarrassing display at that 2012 Olympics, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph News Paper took it upon themselves to create “Aus Zealand” and claimed our medals! Lol plz.

6. Russell Crowe
This Gladiator can be a Hollywood 'Hot Head' at times, maybe because his Australian Citizenship has been rejected twice now! Sorry mate, you’re still a Kiwi!

7. Lorde

Back in 2014 an Aussie website included one of Lorde’s tweets among one of Australia’s best for that year and cheekily admitted; “we know Lorde is from NZ, but in true Australian fashion, we’re claiming her".

8. The Flat White
Kiwis and Aussies have been fighting over the origins of the Flat White since the 80s. We believe a Wellington cafe accidentally created a ‘flat’ Cappuccino and called it a Flat White, while a Sydney café claim they were the first to add it to their menu in 1985. In 2015 Starbucks added the Flat White to their US Menu and credited it as an ‘Australian drink’ however both Aussies & Kiwis can both agree Starbucks don’t make REAL FWs soooo....

9. Crowded House
In 2016 Crowded House received one of Australia's highest musical honours, with the group inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.

Frontman Neil Finn also told the Melbourne Age newspaper that Australia was the "birthplace" of Crowded House so Australia has taken it upon themselves to claim the band. They're still ours, mate!

10. The Flag
From Primo to pavlova the flag is another thing our mates across the ditch have tried to steal from us! Winnie called them out earlier this year about it, telling TVNZ that Australia should get a new flag to "honour the fact that we got there first with this design".

This article was created by The Edge in association with Primo and Primo Flavour Lab. Jackson Hook recieved $10,000 for his winning #primoflavourlab video.