Do they have competitions in NZ for the best pies? I think they run one over here.
I know that the Australia & New Zealand Food Standards Authority were having a crackdown on the minimum amount of meat a pie can contain, as far too many manufacturers were bulking out their products with fillers like onion, carrots and peas!
I had one of those as a kid for frosty mornings doing a paper round in the fifties. We called them 'balaclavas'. The story goes that my mum knitted it and some matching sox during WW2 and sent it to my father who was in the RAAF and based in the Middle East at the time. He wasn't really impressed as the parcel arrived in the height of summer. Practical, but sure looked daggy.