New Zealand English

Although New Zealand is dominantly English speaking, there are things for Americans to learn about their dialect. Here I record unique terms and language used in New Zealand:

  • Haka: Maori war dance. It’s often performed as a ceremonial greeting or challenge.
  • Kiwi: A person born/raised in New Zealand.
  • Kiwi Bird: A native, flightless bird.
  • Kiwi Fruit: A brown, fuzzy fruit the size of a large egg. When cut open it reveals sweet green flesh with a ring of small black seeds.
  • Torch: Flashlight