The Reading / Listening - The Term "Kiwi" - Level 5

An Australian court has judged that describing a New Zealander as a "Kiwi" is not discriminatory. A worker filed a complaint against a bakery where her colleagues nicknamed her "Kiwi". She said the term "Kiwi" was racial discrimination, insulting and disrespectful. An employment tribunal did not agree and dismissed her complaint. The bakery owner said the term "Kiwi" was one that New Zealanders were proud of. He said New Zealand's government openly approves of the term. He said it is used as "a term of endearment and as a means of identifying as a New Zealander".



The tribunal ruled that calling a New Zealander a Kiwi was not offensive or insulting. The judge said Ms Savage, "did not allege that she suffered unfavourable treatment,...lack of progression or segregation". An equal opportunity commissioner acted on Ms Savage's behalf. She said: "If someone takes particular offence at that nickname...and says they don't like it and asked not to be called that anymore, then in a respectful workplace,...you wouldn't call them that anymore." The bakery owner said he employs "every nationality known to man" and is not a racist.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    The Term "Kiwi" - Level 4 or  The Term "Kiwi" - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/377371/calling-someone-a-kiwi-isn-t-racial-discrimination-tribunal
  • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-03/tribunal-finds-calling-worker-kiwi-not-racial-discrimination/10576356
  • https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/109061375/new-zealand-woman-loses-racial-discrimination-case-over-kiwi-nickname


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. filed a
  2. her colleagues nicknamed
  3. racial
  4. An employment
  5. one that New Zealanders
  6. openly approves
  7. it is used as "a term
  8. a means of identifying
  1. tribunal
  2. of endearment
  3. her "Kiwi"
  4. discrimination
  5. as a New Zealander
  6. complaint
  7. of the term
  8. were proud of

Paragraph 2

  1. not offensive or
  2. she suffered unfavourable
  3. lack of
  4. An equal opportunity
  5. takes particular offence
  6. says they don't
  7. in a respectful
  8. you wouldn't call them that
  1. progression
  2. anymore
  3. at that nickname
  4. insulting
  5. workplace
  6. commissioner
  7. treatment
  8. like it

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An Australian (1) ___________________ that describing a New Zealander as a "Kiwi" is not discriminatory. A worker (2) ___________________ against a bakery where her colleagues nicknamed her "Kiwi". She (3) ___________________ "Kiwi" was racial discrimination, insulting and disrespectful. An employment (4) ___________________ agree and dismissed her complaint. The bakery owner said the term "Kiwi" was one that New Zealanders (5) ___________________. He said New Zealand's government openly approves of the term. He said it is used as "a term of endearment and (6) ___________________ of identifying as a New Zealander".

The tribunal (7) ___________________ a New Zealander a Kiwi was not offensive or insulting. The judge said Ms Savage, "did (8) ___________________ she suffered unfavourable treatment,...lack of progression or segregation". An equal opportunity commissioner acted on Ms Savage's behalf. She said: "If someone (9) ___________________ at that nickname...and says they don't like it and asked not to be called that anymore, (10) ___________________ respectful workplace,...you wouldn't call them that anymore." The bakery owner (11) ___________________ "every nationality known to man" and is (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnAustraliancourthasjudgedthatdescribingaNewZealanderasa"Kiwi
"isnotdiscriminatory.Aworkerfiledacomplaintagainstabakerywhere
hercolleaguesnicknamedher"Kiwi".Shesaidtheterm"Kiwi"wasracial
discrimination,insultinganddisrespectful.Anemploymenttribunaldid
notagreeanddismissedhercomplaint.Thebakeryownersaidtheterm"
Kiwi"wasonethatNewZealanderswereproudof.HesaidNewZealand's
governmentopenlyapprovesoftheterm.Hesaiditisusedas"atermofen
dearmentandasameansofidentifyingasaNewZealander".Thetribunal
ruledthatcallingaNewZealanderaKiwiwasnotoffensiveorinsulting.Th
ejudgesaidMsSavage,"didnotallegethatshesufferedunfavourabletre
atment,...lackofprogressionorsegregation".Anequalopportunityco
mmissioneractedonMsSavage'sbehalf.Shesaid:"Ifsomeonetakespa
rticularoffenceatthatnickname...andsaystheydon'tlikeitandaskedno
ttobecalledthatanymore,theninarespectfulworkplace,...youwouldn'
tcallthemthatanymore."Thebakeryownersaidheemploys"everynati
onalityknowntoman"andisnotaracist.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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