Full circle for pub-bound London Kiwis

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

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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.

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- The Dominion Post

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