How to Speak Kiwi Slang!

How to Speak Kiwi Slang!


Kia Ora, Welcome to New Zealand... there are going to be a few words and cultural phrases that might help you get around our beautiful country and help mix in with the locals. Below are a few common phrases you might hear on your trip to New Zealand, so don't be worried if you hear something that sounds a little relaxed, we are a really cruisy country, sweet as!! 

Sweet As   

 Cool or Awesome

Kiwi    New Zealanders - Also a native bird to New Zealand
No Worries    It's OK / Not a Problem
She'll be Right    It's OK / Not a Problem
Haka   Maori war dance, commonly used by national sports teams
Hangi    Traditional style of Maori cooking
Jandals    Flip Flops / Thongs
Thongs    G-String style underwear
Tomato Sauce    Ketchup 
Yeah, nah bro   This is an indecisive phrase, followed by an explanation
Bro    Brother or good friend
You're all good   It's OK, thank you
Pavlova   Meringue, smothered in whipped cream and fresh 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

Jam    Fruit preserve/Jelly
Jelly    Jello
Pharlap   Famous Horse born in New Zealand during 1920’s (see him at Te Papa Museum)
Knackered    Tired/Exhausted
Long Drop    Small outhouse over a pit, with no flushing mechanism 
Cuzzie or Cuz    Cousin. Also used instead of "Bro"
Motorway    Highway
Jersey or Jumper   Pull Over / Fleece / Sweater
Duvet    Doona / Comforter
Serviette   Napkin
Feijoa   A popular garden tree and the fruit is commonly eaten which is green and sweet.
Pakaru    Not working / Broken
Skull   Drink all of your beverage (normally alcoholic) in one go without a breath
Skint    Broke / poor / no money
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! 
Shorts   Short pants
Stubbie   Can of Beer or very short pants that men wear, especially farmers and rugby players
Ta    Thank You
Hot Chips    French Fries
Chips   Crisps
Dairy   Corner Store
Eh   Eh? as in Pardon?
Flannel   Face Cloth
Hard Case    Funny person - "Yeah, he's quite a hard case"
Mate   Friend - "Thanks Mate"
Chur   Thank You - "Chur Bro"
Piss    Alcohol "I'm on the piss"
Sunday Driver    Slow driver normally well below speed limit
Wop-Wops   Middle of nowhere
The Boonies    Middle of nowhere
Tramping   Hiking
Torch   Flashlight
Tu Meke   Awesome, good job
Waka   Maori Canoe - also what we commonly refer to the bus as - "land waka"
Not Even   Not true
Not Even Ow  

Not true Ow

Ow   Not really a meaning to this, just gives the phrase being used more emphasis
Gawk   Stare e.g. "stop gawking at me"
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.
Heaps   Lots - e.g. yeah there are heaps of sheep in New Zealand.
You alright?   A question used in greeting, basically meaning"how are you?". Amanda uses this often and finds she worries passengers into thinking that she thinks that they are sick. Whoops!
G String   Thong style underwear.
Gumboots   Wellingtons / Out door water proof boots.
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!
Westie   Referring to West Aucklanders, who many believe appear to be Bogans. Again, Google "Outrageous Fortune".....
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".
Squizz   Take a look - "Here let me have a squizz".
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".

Motor Way   High way
Hard Out    "Oh yeah hard out!" meaning "I totally agree!".
Hard Bro   "Hard Bro, hard" bascially in agreement with their friend.
'P'   Methamphetamine/Ice - called "P" due to the Pseudoephedrine used to manufacture the drug.

Expensive - "that shop is dear"

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"
Takeaways   Fast food
Munted   Broken / Not Working / Damaged
Suss    To investigate, short for suspect - "I need to suss it out first"  or  "he does look a bit suss"
Chocka   Full or overflowing "the bus is chocka today!"
Bach (pronounced BATCH)   A holiday home. 
Crib   Those in the South Island refer to a Bach as a Crib.
Togs   Swimsuit
Eh?    What? Pardon? pronounced "ay"
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"