Sparrowhawk Leather is named after the New Zealand Falcon, (or kārearea), our only native bird of prey. The New Zealand Falcon is commonly called a Sparrowhawk.  Other falcon species, also known as Sparrowhawk, are found throughout Australia and Europe. Sparrowhawk are admired for their speed and agility.

Left: By Tony Wills [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Right: By Tony Wills [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The name, Sparrowhawk Leather, was also suggested by Nick, as there are three aircraft named Sparrowhawk... one is the training Aircraft Cessna 152 Sparrowhawk, the other two are groundbreaking vintage aircraft; The Curtis FC 9 Sparrowhawk, and the The Miles Sparrowhawk M.5


Pilot and Sparrowhawk AircraftLeft: Captain Nick in the flight deck, Boeing 737 (B737-800 NG)
Centre: The Curtis FC 9 Sparrowhawk during launch & recovery from a US Airship (By USN (Official U.S. Navy photo NH 77428) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Right: The Miles Sparrowhawk M.5 designed for the 1935 Kings Cup air race.* (By RuthAS (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)