Full circle for pub-bound London Kiwis

Last updated 05:00 04/02/2013
Kiwis in London
Facebook
FAR FROM SHEEPISH: Kiwis take to the streets at Westminster.

Relevant offers

World

Schapelle Corby leaves Bali villa to begin return to Australia Jared Kushner wanted secret communication channel, Russian ambassador told Moscow Dozens dead in Afghanistan violence as Ramadan begins Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about rape to troops Death toll rises to 91 with more missing in Sri Lanka floods Melania Trump wore a $73,000 Dolce & Gabbana jacket on Italy trip Man hurling racial slurs allegedly kills two, injures one on a US train Egypt launches air strikes in Libya after attack on Coptic Christians Texas teachers give 'most likely to become a terrorist' award to 13-year-old 'We need a final solution': British columnist sacked after tweet about Manchester bombing

An estimated 4000 Kiwi revellers have marked Waitangi Day in London with the annual pub crawl around the city's Circle underground line - and won police praise for it.

The event, marked in London for decades, began with a minute's silence for Jacob Marx, 27, a Kiwi lawyer killed in London last week. He suffered fatal injuries when a sign outside a shop in North London's Camden Rd fell on his head.

Young men then bared their chests in a chilly London for the traditional haka while others caroused in Kiwi-themed costumes, dressing as sheep, Marmite jars, Fred Dagg, EQC inspectors or Kim Dotcom.

Confronted with the spectacle, bemused Londoners took to Twitter. Alex Johnson wrote: "Kensington is overrun with thousands of Kiwis in sheep outfits. Apparently it's the Waitangi Day Pub Crawl. Weird, but go #newzealand!"

Police looked forward to the annual celebrations, Inspector Bruce Middlemiss told 3news.

"The crowd have been fantastic, absolutely fantastic. There aren't too many nations who can have 5000 people on a pub crawl and result in no arrests. It's been extremely good-natured and New Zealand should be very proud of them, I think."

This is in marked contrast to last year when a Kiwi complained to the New Zealand high commission of being ashamed by the display of debauchery.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content