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