Like all good things from New Zealand — Crowded House, Lorde, flat white coffees and Phar Lap the racehorse — Australia loves to claim them as our very own.
But a treasured dessert, blended with our traditional Australian hubris, may have delivered us to the threshold of a breakdown in Australia-New Zealand relations from which there can be no going back.
And we’ve got no one accountable but ourselves for this diplomatic dessert crisis.
New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and her fiance, Clarke Gayford, are in Australia for scheduled bilateral talks with the PM Scott Morrison.
The couple are staying in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, where Mr. Gayford changed into faced with a maximum unsavory surprise through inn group of workers this morning — a DIY pavlova kit.
So unimpressed changed into the First Man of New Zealand, he felt pressured to publish the offering to his 25,600 loyal Twitter fans — a lot of whom are just as outraged.
Mr. Gayford took to Twitter round eleven.30am to percentage a picture of a message card he acquired with his meringue base that becomes surrounded by a spread of sparkling fruits and sauces.
The card invitations the political energy couple to “Make You Own Pavlova”.
“This changed into placed in our lodge room in Melbourne,” Mr. Gayford wrote.
The card invited them to “bask in a conventional Australian dessert, the pavlova, a decadent treat first-rate enjoyed at instances of a birthday party!”
The assumption changed into an “Australian dessert” did now not impress Mr. Gayford within the slightest. He questioned if the stunt had been an strive at humor or a planned “diplomatic incident”.
Oh God, oh God, oh God.
Suffice to say, people have been no longer happy about this “ignorant” act of cultural appropriation, describing the gift as an worldwide declaration of battle and insisting Ms. Ardern and the couple’s host nation be notified right now.
AUSTRALIA VS NEW ZEALAND PAVLOVA
The debate over the mighty pavlova’s origin stretches back a long time, with Aussies insisting we created the enduring dessert, even as Kiwis nod and smile quietly, secure inside the know-how those first egg whites were whipped to buggery at the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Pavlova is, but, a traditional Kiwi dessert, comprising a light, crispy meringue-based totally cake piled with sparkling cream and fruit.
It is stated to had been designed as an homage to the sector-famous Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, to provide to her throughout a excursion to New Zealand in the 1920s.