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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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'
Another way of saying the cuss word "bloody" - e.g. "Blimmin' Heck!"
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"
Man - e.g. "see that bloke over there"
Bob's your Uncle
"There you have it"
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"
Brother or good friend
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?"
A mobile home trailer towed behind a vehicle
Died - e.g. "Bob carked it" or "the old car carked it yesterday"
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"
Full or overflowing "the bus is chocka today!"
When pleased with something - e.g. "I got you a ticket to the rugby" you would respond with "choice bro!"
Short for Chicken. Also used in reference to an older lady e.g. "the old chook over there"
Thank You - "Chur Bro"
When referring to someone that is funny - e.g. "Bob is such a crack up"
Your reaction of laughter to something funny - e.g. "He told a joke and I just cracked up"
Sleep here - e.g. "you can crash here tonight"
Small stream / very small river
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'.
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"
Someone who is funny - e.g. "that Bob is such a 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
Expensive - "that shop is dear"
Toilet - e.g."I'm going to go use the dunny"
Doona / Comforter
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? as in Pardon?
A popular garden tree and the fruit is commonly eaten which is green and sweet
"Oh man, he was just roaring down the motorway going flat out!". AKA "Oh man, he was going very fast down the highway"
Steal - "I might flog it today"
Rugby/Football/Soccer - e.g. "I'm going to watch the footie today"
Thong style underwear
Stare e.g. "stop gawking at me"
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.
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"
Wellingtons / Out door water proof boots
Not slang, but it's something we talk about! Maori war dance, more "famously" known through The All Blacks rugby team
Not slang, but you will hear about it while here! The traditional style of Maori cooking
"Hard Bro, hard" bascially in agreement with their friend
Funny person - "Yeah, he's quite a hard case"
"Oh yeah hard out!" meaning "I totally agree!"
Hard work - "it's hard yakka but worth it!"
A lot/Lots - e.g. yeah there are heaps of sheep in New Zealand
Hooligan/young crazy driver of a car. Commonly referred to as "those blimmin' hoons out on the street".
Hot water bottle and also in reference to a good looking person - e.g. "check out that hottie over there"
Hungry person eating all the food - e.g. "stop being a hungus and leave us some!"
Ice Pop/Ice Lolly
Flip Flops / Thongs
Jersey or Jumper
Pull Over / Fleece / Sweater
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)
New Zealanders - Also a native bird to New Zealand - Also shoe polish brand - Also a fruit!
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
Your mouth, commonly used when being given food to eat - e.g. "Get your laughing gear around that"
Small outhouse over a pit, with no flushing mechanism
Short for Nightmare when you are awake and things are not going well - e.g. "I'm having an absolute mare at work today"
Friend - "Thanks Mate"
Broken / Not Working / Damaged
It's OK / Not a Problem
Not Even Ow
Ow Not really a meaning to this, just gives the phrase being used more emphasis
Overseas Experience - a common gap year/s holiday that many Kiwi's take
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"
Not working / Broken
A white New Zealander - not Maori
Meringue, smothered in whipped cream and fresh fruit.
Famous Horse born in New Zealand during 1920’s (see him at Te Papa Museum)
Bottle of wine - normally a cheap variety
Alcohol "I'm on the piss"
"He's taking the piss" - he's taking advantage
Party - e.g. "Bob is having a piss up tomorrow"
Ice Block/Ice Lolly - this is a common brand name however many Kiwi's refer to Ice Blocks as Popsicals
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"
Doctor - e.g. "I'm off to see the Quack today"
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
Telephone someone - e.g. "I'll give them a ring now"
University Student, particularly from Otago University
See Ya Later!
Saying goodbye to someone but does not particularly mean that you will see them later
She'll be Right / She'll come right
It will be OK / It's not a Problem
Taking a sick day off work/or pretending to be sick and not going to work - e.g. "he's throwing a sickie today"
Broke / poor / no money
Drink all of your beverage (normally alcoholic) in one go without a breath
Take a look - "Here let me have a squizz"
Child/Children - e.g. "I have a couple of sprogs"
A phrase of disappointment - when told that there were no mince pies left a response may be, "oh stink one"
When someone is being honest - e.g. "straight up bro, it definitely happened"
Can of Beer or very short pants that men wear, especially farmers and rugby players
Slow driver normally well below speed limit
To investigate, short for suspect - "I need to suss it out first" or "he does look a bit suss"
Cool or Awesome, also can be used as "it's ok" or "not a problem"
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.
Dinner - "what's for tea tonight?"
Middle of nowhere
G-String style underwear
When asking where a bathroom is - e.g. "where is the toilet?"
Tu Meke (Two Mek-ee)
Awesome, good job
White-Out / correction pen
Pick up truck
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
Referring to West Aucklanders, who many believe appear to be Bogans. Again, Google "Outrageous Fortune".....
Temper-tantrum. Used in reference such as, "then he threw a massive wobbly"
Middle of nowhere
Yeah, nah bro
This is an indecisive phrase, normally followed by an explanation
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