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The Kia Kaha Sticker

$9.00 NZD

Our glitter Kia Kaha Sticker features the words "Kia Kaha" in galaxy black glitter vinyl with an outline of New Zealand in Emerald Green in the middle. 

Specifications:

  • Sticker Size: Approx. 30 mm high, 160 mm long
  • Material: Thick, Premium Glitter Vinyl
  • These stickers are waterproof and dishwasher-safe!

Kia Kaha is a Maori language (Te Reo Maori) saying of significant meaning that has become almost as well known as the likes of Kia Ora throughout Aotearoa. It has been particularly prominent in Christchurch due to the earthquakes and also the events affecting the muslim community. Kia Kaha also became an important phrase of Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the New Zealand government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the Maori phrase in frequent use by both businesses and officials to help with the community response and spread aroha (love) throughout New Zealand.

Another good example of the use of this saying in everyday kiwi life is the Kia Kaha Whakatane projects which are a joint effort between the Whakatane District Council and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to implement projects in the area, such as clearing pest plants, to create jobs and give a boost to the region, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 28th Maori battalion that had a reputation for bravery in World War II also used Kia Kaha in its marching song entitled "Ake ake kia kaha" which roughly translates to "forever brave".

Kia Kaha is also encountered in more mundane settings - even street names. The Snells Beach subdivision of Mahurangi Heights prominently features a Kia Kaha Drive. There are also waiata on the topic such as: "Kia kaha! Kia kaha! Together standing strong. We join our hands in friendship, thats how we get along. All around our gentle land, no matter where were from ... we fill the air with laughter and our kia kaha song!"

Kia Kaha is a saying that is dear to every New Zealander.