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A court in Australia has that the use of the word "Kiwi" to a person from New Zealand is not discriminatory. New Zealander Julie Savage a complaint against an Australian bakery where she was "Kiwi" by her colleagues. She that the term "Kiwi" was a form of racial discrimination and insulting and disrespectful. However, the employment tribunal otherwise and dismissed her complaint. The bakery owner that the term "Kiwi" was one that most New Zealanders were proud of. He said the New Zealand government openly the term and that it was as "a term of endearment and as a means of identifying as a New Zealander".

The tribunal judge that calling a New Zealander a Kiwi was not offensive. She said: "'Kiwi' is not an insult." In her findings, the judge that Ms Savage, "did not that she suffered unfavourable treatment in respect of the terms of her employment, lack of progression or segregation". Australia's Commissioner for Equal Opportunity on Ms Savage's behalf. She that: "If someone particular offence at that nickname and doesn't like it and they don't it and asked not to be called that anymore, then in a respectful workplace, that's what you'd do, you wouldn't them that anymore." The bakery owner said he "every nationality known to man" and is not a racist.

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