Kiwi Lingo (Local Slang)
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Now in order to relate to the locals you will have to be able to communicate, here’s a few Kiwi terms to get you started...
eh – compulsory addition to the end of a rhetorical question “‘Cor, last night was bloody good eh”
ie – this is added to the end of shortened words eg; pressie, hottie, tantie, cuzzie
Dag – a piece of dried up sheep dung attached to the sheep’s bum (is also known as a hard case character)
Hard Case – Someone who has heaps of personality, may do unusual things but basically is a real laugh.
No Worries – No problem
Bro – friend (guy) or brother
Cuz – friend (guy or girl), cousin
Chur bro – cheers, thanks or that’s cool, my friend
Good on ya mate - Well done my friend, catchprase for our favourite beer 'Speight's'!
She’ll be right mate – It’ll be OK
Nice one mate – Good job
Sweet as – as it’s ‘sweet as pie’ so it’s all good
Not even, ow – No, it’s not or that’s not true.
Ta – Thanks
True – Question as in ‘is it true?’ or ‘really?’ Answered back ‘true’ as ‘yes it is true’.
Ring – Phone or call
Togs – Swimsuit
Jandals – Flip-flops
Sunnies – Sunglasses
Suss – To figure out
Wop-wops – out in the back country (middle of nowhere)
Piker – Someone who backs out of doing something
Tiki Tour – to drive around taking the scenic route
Gawk – to stare
Pack a sad – To get upset and sulk
Loo - Toilet
Kia ora – Hello, Goodbye, Thank you.
Haere Mai – Welcome
Nau mai — Welcome
Haere Ra – Goodbye
Whanau – Family
Whare – House
Ai – Yes
Kau – No
Kai – Food
Kai moana – Seafood
Kia ora tatou — Hello everyone
Tena koe — Greetings to you (said to one person)
Tena koutou — Greeting to you all
Kei te pehea koe? — How’s it going?
Kei te pai — Good
Tino pai — Really good
Ka kite ano — Until I see you again (Bye)
Hei konei ra — See you later
Mana – respect, status earned through actions