court in Australia has judged that use of word "Kiwi" to describe person from New Zealand is not discriminatory. New Zealander Julie Savage filed complaint against Australian bakery where she was nicknamed "Kiwi" by her colleagues. She asserted that term "Kiwi" was form of racial discrimination and was insulting and disrespectful. However, the employment tribunal decided otherwise and dismissed her complaint. The bakery owner argued that the term "Kiwi" was one that most New Zealanders were proud of. He said New Zealand government openly endorses the term and that it was used as " term of endearment and as means of identifying as New Zealander".
tribunal judge ruled that calling New Zealander Kiwi was not offensive. She said: "'Kiwi' is not insult." In her findings, the judge observed that Ms Savage, "did not allege that she suffered unfavourable treatment in respect of terms of her employment, lack of progression or segregation". Australia's Commissioner for Equal Opportunity acted on Ms Savage's behalf. She determined that: "If someone takes particular offence at that nickname and doesn't like it and says they don't like it and asked not to be called that anymore, then in respectful workplace, that's what you'd do, you wouldn't call them that anymore." bakery owner said he employs "every nationality known to man" and is not racist.