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Kiwi Slang

New Zealander's are referred to as Kiwis - not the fruit, but instead the native bird. This is just the beginning of Kiwi Slang and Lingo. Lingo? Language/Local Slang.

We're not here to confuse you, it's going to be hard enough as some say we speak too fast and we sound funny.  So the below will give you a bit of an idea on what you're in for.  Of course, it's not all here, and it is also impossible to replicate the mumbling that many Kiwi's are famous for through reading, however, we will make sure your guide enunciates so you can then ask him what he meant.

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Bach 

A holiday home, pronounced BATCH. More commonly it is Kiwis in the North Island who refer to them as a 'bach' and in the South Island refer to them as a 'crib'

Blimmin'

Another way of saying the cuss word "bloody" - e.g. "Blimmin' Heck!"

Bloody

A type of cuss word, used to emphasise feelings and has nothing to do with blood - e.g. "it was a bloody good night out", "he is a bloody idiot", "I don't bloody know"

Bloke

Man - e.g. "see that bloke over there"

Bob's your Uncle

"There you have it"

Bogans  

A person with an unsophisticated background, or whose speech, clothing, attitude and behaviour exemplify a lack of manners and education. Google "Outrageous Fortune" a NZ TV Show...this helps give you a visual!

Box of Fluffies

In response to "how are you" and you are well - e.g. "I'm a box of fluffies today, thank you"

Bro 

Brother or good friend

Builder

Carpenter/Chippy

Buggar

A word used for disappointment - e.g. when you tell someone your car broke down they respond, "buggar!"

Also can be used to refer to an older man - e.g. "did you see the old buggar yesterday?"

Caravan

A mobile home trailer towed behind a vehicle

Carked It

Died - e.g. "Bob carked it" or "the old car carked it yesterday"

Chick 

Girl/Woman - e.g. "Thanks chick" or "Go and ask that chick over there". Also used as "Chicky" e.g. "That chicky-babe over there"

Chips 

Crisps

Chippy

Carpenter/Builder

Chocka 

Full or overflowing "the bus is chocka today!"

Choice

When pleased with something - e.g. "I got you a ticket to the rugby" you would respond with "choice bro!"

Chook

Short for Chicken. Also used in reference to an older lady e.g. "the old chook over there"

Chur 

Thank You - "Chur Bro"

Crack Up

When referring to someone that is funny - e.g. "Bob is such a crack up"

Cracked Up

Your reaction of laughter to something funny - e.g. "He told a joke and I just cracked up"

Crash Here

Sleep here - e.g. "you can crash here tonight"

Creek

Small stream / very small river

Crib 

A holiday home. More commonly it is Kiwis in the South Island who refer to them as a 'crib' and in the North Island refer to them as a 'bach'.

Cuppa

Refers to a cup of tea or coffee - we do tend to speak quickly & merge our words, so "cup of tea" became "cuppa tea".

Cuzzie or Cuz 

Cousin. Also used instead of "Bro"

Dag

Someone who is funny - e.g. "that Bob is such a dag!"

Dag

The yucky bit of wool that hangs around a sheep's back end covered in poo - e.g.  "that sheep has dags" or "I have to dag the sheep" means to cut away the bad wool

Dairy

Corner/Convenience Store

Dear 

Expensive - "that shop is dear"

Dole

Unemployment benefit

Dunny

Toilet - e.g."I'm going to go use the dunny"

Duvet 

 Doona / Comforter

Eh

Used at the end of a sentence when you're not really asking a question, more providing a statement that you want confirmation for such as "it's really hot today, eh". Pronounced 'ay'

Eh 

Eh? as in Pardon?

Feijoa 

A popular garden tree and the fruit is commonly eaten which is green and sweet

Fizzy Drink

Soda/Pop

Flannel 

Face Cloth

Flat Out

"Oh man, he was just roaring down the motorway going flat out!". AKA "Oh man, he was going very fast down the highway"

Flog

Steal - "I might flog it today"

Footie

Rugby/Football/Soccer - e.g. "I'm going to watch the footie today"

G String

Thong style underwear

Gawk 

Stare e.g. "stop gawking at me"

Glad Wrap

The brand name of a cling film product, many Kiwi's will say 'Glad Wrap' in reference to cling film regardless of what brand they are using. 

GC 

Good Chap. Kiwi’s will commonly change the word “Chap” to another word starting with C which I will not write here in case of causing offence! 

Good as Gold

Thanking someone for something - e.g. "thanks for doing that, good as gold"

Responding that you well when asked - e.g. "how are you doing", "good as gold thank you"

Gumboots 

Wellingtons / Out door water proof boots

Haka 

Not slang, but it's something we talk about! Maori war dance, more "famously" known through The All Blacks rugby team

Hangi 

Not slang, but you will hear about it while here! The traditional style of Maori cooking

Hard Bro

"Hard Bro, hard" bascially in agreement with their friend

Hard Case 

Funny person - "Yeah, he's quite a hard case"

Hard Out

"Oh yeah hard out!" meaning "I totally agree!"

Hard Yakka

Hard work - "it's hard yakka but worth it!"

Heaps

A lot/Lots - e.g. yeah there are heaps of sheep in New Zealand

Hoon

Hooligan/young crazy driver of a car. Commonly referred to as "those blimmin' hoons out on the street".

Hot Chips 

French Fries

Hottie

Hot water bottle and also in reference to a good looking person - e.g. "check out that hottie over there"

Hungus

Hungry person eating all the food - e.g. "stop being a hungus and leave us some!"

Ice Block

Ice Pop/Ice Lolly

Jam 

Fruit preserve/Jelly

Jandals 

Flip Flops / Thongs 

Jelly 

Jello

Jersey or Jumper

Pull Over / Fleece / Sweater

Judder Bar

Speed Bump

Keen / Keen as

In positive response in wanting to do something - e.g. when asked if you want to go to the movies tomorrow, "oh yeah, I am keen as"

(As is used like a simile - e.g. as keen as pie)

Kiwi 

New Zealanders - Also a native bird to New Zealand - Also shoe polish brand - Also a fruit!

Knackered 

Tired/Exhausted

Lamingtons 

Vanilla Sponge squares, dipped in chocolate and then rolled in coconut, served with whipped cream and jam. Cam's mum makes these for us - YUM

Laughing Gear

Your mouth, commonly used when being given food to eat - e.g. "Get your laughing gear around that"

Long Drop 

Small outhouse over a pit, with no flushing mechanism 

Mare

Short for Nightmare when you are awake and things are not going well - e.g. "I'm having an absolute mare at work today"

Mate

Friend - "Thanks Mate"

Motorway 

Highway

Munted

Broken / Not Working / Damaged

Nappy

Diaper

No Worries 

It's OK / Not a Problem

Not Even

Not true

Not Even Ow 

Ow Not really a meaning to this, just gives the phrase being used more emphasis

O.E.

Overseas Experience - a common gap year/s holiday that many Kiwi's take

'P' 

Methamphetamine/Ice - called "P" due to the Pseudoephedrine used to manufacture the drug

Pack a Sad

Have a temper-tantrum - e.g. "don't ask Bob he's packing a sad"

Pakaru (puk-ar-roo)

Not working / Broken

Pakeha

A white New Zealander - not Maori

Pavlova 

Meringue, smothered in whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Pharlap 

Famous Horse born in New Zealand during 1920’s (see him at Te Papa Museum)

Plonk

Bottle of wine - normally a cheap variety

Piss 

Alcohol "I'm on the piss"

Piss

"He's taking the piss" - he's taking advantage

Piss Up

Party - e.g. "Bob is having a piss up tomorrow"

Popsical

Ice Block/Ice Lolly - this is a common brand name however many Kiwi's refer to Ice Blocks as Popsicals

Post Code

Zip Code

Pram

Stoller/Pushchair

Pretty 

We use this two ways - to tell you that you are pretty/beautiful (all of our passengers are!) or to over extend "that shop is pretty dear", "yeah it's pretty expensive"

Quack

Doctor - e.g. "I'm off to see the Quack today"

Red Bands

A truely iconic brand of Gumboots (Wellingtons) made in New Zealand. Come on, grab your Red Bands and I'll take ya out on a tour of the farm

Ring

Telephone someone - e.g. "I'll give them a ring now"

Scarfie

University Student, particularly from Otago University

See Ya Later!

Saying goodbye to someone but does not particularly mean that you will see them later

Serviette 

Napkin

She'll be Right / She'll come right

It will be OK / It's not a Problem

Shorts 

Short pants

Sickie

Taking a sick day off work/or pretending to be sick and not going to work - e.g. "he's throwing a sickie today"

Skint 

Broke / poor / no money

Skull 

Drink all of your beverage (normally alcoholic) in one go without a breath

Snarler

Sausage

Squizz 

Take a look - "Here let me have a squizz"

Sprog

Child/Children - e.g. "I have a couple of sprogs"

Spud

Potato

Stink One

A phrase of disappointment - when told that there were no mince pies left a response may be, "oh stink one"

Straight Up

When someone is being honest - e.g. "straight up bro, it definitely happened"

Stubbie 

Can of Beer or very short pants that men wear, especially farmers and rugby players

Sunday Driver 

Slow driver normally well below speed limit

Sunnies

Sunglasses

Suss 

To investigate, short for suspect - "I need to suss it out first"  or  "he does look a bit suss"

Sweet As 

Cool or Awesome, also can be used as "it's ok" or "not a problem"

Ta 

Thank You - e.g. when someone hands you something you asked for, you respond with "ta".

Also commonly used when teaching young children you want something that they are holding, you hold your hand out and say "ta", such as an advanced thank you for giving me what you are holding.

Takeaways

Fast food

Tea

Dinner - "what's for tea tonight?"

The Boonies 

Middle of nowhere

Thongs 

G-String style underwear

Togs

Swimsuit

Toilet

When asking where a bathroom is - e.g. "where is the toilet?"

Tomato Sauce  

Ketchup 

Torch 

Flashlight

Tramping

Hiking

Tu Meke (Two Mek-ee)

Awesome, good job

Twink

White-Out / correction pen

Ute

Pick up truck

Waka 

Maori Canoe - also what we commonly refer to the bus as - "land waka"

We'll see you right

An assurance that you will do good by the person you are speaking to

Westie 

Referring to West Aucklanders, who many believe appear to be Bogans. Again, Google "Outrageous Fortune".....

Wobbly

Temper-tantrum. Used in reference such as, "then he threw a massive wobbly"

Wop-Wops 

Middle of nowhere

Yeah, nah bro

This is an indecisive phrase, normally followed by an explanation

You alright?

 A question used in greeting, basically meaning"how are you?", not asking if you are sick.

You're all good

 It's OK, thank you