The Very Sensible Fred DaggTe Ngāwari a Fred Dagg

Shearer’s singlet, gumboots, shorts, floppy hat – who else could this outfit belong to but Fred Dagg? See the iconic outfit created by comedian John Clarke.

When | Āhea

26 Jul – 30 Oct 2017

Where | Ki hea

Level 2

Cost | Te utu

Free entry


All ages


5 minutes

Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
  • wheelchair accessible

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Iconic Kiwi character Fred Dagg was a national star, loved for his dry, satirical humour.

Dagg was created by comedian John Clarke (1948-2017) and first appeared on television in 1973. This typical farming bloke seemed simple, but had a smart, surreal take on Kiwi culture and politics.

Dagg’s legendary sketches both poked fun at New Zealanders and made us proud. In the words of his famous song: ‘We don’t know how lucky we are.’

Fred Dagg costume on display, 2017. Photograph by Tim Onnes. Te Papa

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