New Zealand language

Kiwis have a distinct accent, unique from any other in the world. They also have tons of unique slang words – learn a few of New Zealand phrases & words, plus a few Maori words thrown in for good measure, and you’ll soon get the hang of New Zealand language.

  1. Kia ora
    Hello in Maori.

  2. Choice, bro!
    'Choice' is a very versatile word in NZ meaning anything from OK, cool, I agree, I understand, it's been good…to a million other things, but always positive.

  3. Fush and chips
    Fish and chips (pronounced "chups") are deep fried fish and french fries, a Kiwi favorite. You can find this delicious meal everywhere and get it to go quite easily.

  4. Hangi
    A traditional Maori meal cooked over the course of the day in pits in the earth resulting in a very fresh, moist and tasty style of food.

  5. Pakeha
    Coined initially by early Maori to describe European settlers, which has stuck to this day.

  6. Chilly bin
    A cooler (Igloo, foam, whatever) that keeps your cold ones cold and also, quite often, serves as a makeshift chair.

  7. Jandals
    A phrase unique to New Zealand referring to the beach footwear (flip flops).

  8. Bach
    A holiday home at the beach.  Usually small and a bit shabby but it’s likely no one will mind you traipsing some sand inside.  Pronounced "batch."

  9. Tiki tour
    Taking the scenic route to get somewhere.

  10. Stubbies
    Very short shorts that are, scarily, are usually worn by guys while grilling with beer in hand. Stubbies were big back in the 80s in New Zealand and didn't leave much to the imagination (still don't). Think "Terry" from "Reno 9-1-1." Yea. Like that.

*The Small Print
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