Helen OakesnbspPhotographerNew Zealand as a nation loves socialising and entertaining, we attend BBQ’s and enjoy partaking in a drink. We love the outdoors and we do love our wine.

Kiwis refer to a cheap bottle of low-quality wine as ‘Plonk‘. It isn’t neccesarily white wine that is classed as Plonk it can be a cheap red or rose wine. It has been bantered about that Plonk may originate from the sound of a cork being pulled out from a bottle and another theory is that it could be from the plonking down of a glass of wine. There doesn’t seem to be a difinitive answer, however it was also thought that the term came from the French term ‘blanc’, meaning white, however as stated previously, Plonk refers to all varieties of wine.

In the 1970’s cask wine, also known as boxed wine or ‘Chateau Cardboard’, was the drink of choice. It was cheap and it came in large quantities. It is still available today and it comes in a plastic bladder inside a cask. This wine is cheap because it is lower-quality and mass produced.

We are a nation obsessed with wine, and we are known for our top wines from many regions of New Zealand. So as much as kiwis like a bottle of cheap Plonk, they also love a good bottle of Central Otago Pinot Noir and Marlborough Savignon Blanc. We are spolit for choice and seem to be drinking more quality now over quantity. We are exquisite wine-makers in New Zealand but some people just prefer a cheap bottle of Plonk to take to their next BBQ or to get inebriated at their next outing.

As a photographer I’ve always had a passion for creative art and recently I have started to feature some Kiwiana digital prints with sayings, words, phrases and colloquialisms in my Etsy store.

If you’re a home sick Kiwi living abroad, my artwork may just be an ideal solution for a dose of New Zealand artwork to decorate your home or office.