15 things you'll totally remember if you were a Kiwi kid in the 90s

90s 02/05/2022

Sometimes, when the world feels a bit scary (looking at you, the last two years) it's nice to indulge in a bit of nostalgia and take a trip down memory lane to a simpler time: childhood. 

There are some things that are just quintessential to the experience of being a Kiwi kid - burning your feet on hot sand, having a jandal blowout on mufti day - but growing up in the 90s in Aotearoa brought with it a very specific and special set of experiences. 

Here are some of the things all 90s Kiwi kids will remember: 

The excitement of a trip to the video store on a Friday night

Coming home from school and downing a giant Milo made with 8 tablespoons

The suspense of having the film from your camera developed, only to find your finger was over the lens for 90% of the photos 

Being given the all-important job of putting the song lyrics up on the overhead projector at the school assembly

Splashing out on a 50c lolly bag, or just getting a couple of 5c lollies if you were skint that week 

The all-you-can-eat buffet at Pizza Hut, especially the dessert section  

The sound of chatter rings and the joy of finally getting all the rings going at once 

The pain and regret of neglecting your Tamagotchi until it died

Getting yelled at by your parents for hogging the phone line while browsing the net

Making poi out of plastic bags at school 

Dubbing a mixtape from the radio and having to press record and play at the exact right time

Eating chip and marmite sandwiches 

Birthday parties at Georgie Pie, Lollipops Playland or McDonald's

Sprinting home after school so you didn't miss the latest episode of Pokémon

Choreographing dance routines with your cousins/siblings/friends to Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Hanson, the Spice Girls, Robbie Williams and Aqua

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