Which Kiwi icons should be turned into emojis?

A set of Finland's emoji which is due to be released in December.

A set of Finland's emoji which is due to be released in December.

In a world first, Finland has developed a set of unique emojis that represent elements of its culture.

Topping the list of the most Finnish things to convert into emojis are an old Nokia phone, a long-haired heavy metal headbanger, and a man and a woman in a sauna.

The Finnish government will release these new emojis on December 30, making them available for anyone in the world to download and use in the more and more frequent phenomenon of emoji-speak.

So that got us thinking, should we have our own Kiwi emojis ? And if so, what should they be?

We've come up with a few ideas of what icons of Kiwiana could translate well into emojis

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1. A pair of jandals 

It's our national footwear and a good identifier of Kiwis abroad. You can't have a set of Kiwi emojis without showing our love of exposed feet.

2. An All Blacks jersey

Text an All Blacks jersey instead of buying one.
Kent Blechynden

Text an All Blacks jersey instead of buying one.

Whether you love them or hate them, you can't deny that the All Blacks are one of the most recognisable symbols of New Zealand on the world stage.

3. The Webb Ellis Cup

With the latest Rugby World Cup win, the Webb Ellis Cup has now called New Zealand home longer than any other nation. We're claiming it.

 

4. A chilly bin

This one is a bit debatable, considering the Aussies and their " eskies ". But a good summer barbecue always involves a chilly bin, and a good emoji-laden text invitation to a barbecue should too. 

5. A kiwi

The little flightless bird that gave us our nickname would be a great emoji, especially considering there's also a koala one in use. 

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6. A Buzzy Bee toy

The Kiwi kid's favourite toy - it would be blast of childhood nostalgia in a single emoji. 

The traditional toy much loved by generations of New Zealanders.

The traditional toy much loved by generations of New Zealanders.

7. Stubbies and gumboots

It's our answer to the kimono emoji, a veritable form of cultural Kiwi dress. 

8. Pavlova

The classic Pavlova is the staple of a Kiwi Christmas celebration.
Jane Sanders

The classic Pavlova is the staple of a Kiwi Christmas celebration.

Messaging the essentials needed for the Christmas shopping list would be so much easier with a pavlova emoji on hand. 

9. A kiwifruit

If melons and aubergines can make it onto the emoji list, then so can humble kiwifruit. 

10. The silver fern

Some may not want it on our flag, but the silver fern is still New Zealand's national symbol. You couldn't create a range of Kiwi emojis without including it. 

What piece of Kiwi culture would you most like to see turned into an emoji and why? Let us know in the comments!

 - Stuff

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