This NZ word meaning of very poor quality is often used of things that have become worn out, run-down or shabby. I haev not been able to find an etymology for it anywhere. Even the OED has only this: “The business of a huckster.
1377 LANGL. P. Pl. B. v. 227 She hath holden hokkerye [v. rr. hukkerye, hukrie; C. hockerye, also huckerstrye; A. hoxterye] al hire lyf tyme.”
Does anybody have any ideas where this NZ usage came from?