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I was out and about shopping one day and came across a Kiwi plush toy. She was wearing a hat and an apron. I decided then and there that she would be our little New Zealand holiday mascot, so I bought her. As we were hiring a van, I thought she could sit on the dash and we could take her to various locations where she would be in various photos. The journey would follow her.

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I felt a bit silly buying a Kiwi toy in Australia for a holiday in New Zealand, however I thought it would bring a little more fun to the trip. When I took her home, I removed the apron as she looked very much like some old granny Kiwi but kept the hat on her head.

So now there are three of us going on our holiday to New Zealand – me, my mother and Kiwi girl, our NZ mascot.