I just discovered that there was an 8 bit computer made in NZ in the early 1980s. It was named the Poly and you can read about it here. I remember going on a Z80 microprocessor course around then and programming it to do things like light chasing. The idea was to use it as a programmable controller, instead of hard-wired circuits. Nobody was talking about personal computers at that stage! By the mid 1980s that had all changed.