Top 97 Examples of New Zealand’s Slang

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Every country has its slang, and New Zealand is no exception. It’s so bad that it could be considered some of the most confusing.

If you can get over the Kiwi accent and what we mean when we ask for a pen, six or call someone Ben. You will notice that New Zealand has its own set of unique slang. You’ll find a lot of strange words from Chur, Stoked or even Chook. It’s hard being the new kid on the block so we have created this list of the top Slang Word’s you will find in New Zealand.

Once you have become familiar with this list, you will be speaking authentic NZ slang in no time! 

This post started as a simple list of 33 words, and now we have 97! Please understand that some racial terms have been added. We considered not including these. However, it is in your best interest to know these words to avoid offending anyone.

Have we missed any? Please send us your top slang words in the comments below.

  1. Ay?: Just like saying “aye”, but with a rise at the end. Kiwis are a very unsure bunch, and this means… Are you sure that’s okay?
  2. Bach: (pronounced batch) is a holiday home, generally near a lake, beach or river.
  3. Beached as: Been to the beach for a long time and suffering from sunburn.
  4. Beaut: Awesome, or that something is fantastic!
  5. Bench: In the UK it’s a worktop.
  6. Billy: A kettle, came from the old camping billy.
  7. Boot as in boot of car: In the states, it’s known as a trunk.
  8. Bottle shop: In the UK it’s off licence or office.
  9. Box of fluffy ducks or a box of fluffies: Used when something is working well or going your way.
  10. Chilly bin: Pronounced “Chilly bun” or to the rest of the world this is an esky or cooler.
  11. Chocka: Something that is full.
  12. Choice: Something that’s awesome or great.
  13. Chur: Thanks, bro!
  14. Crib: Also commonly used around the world, but in NZ, this is another word for Bach, aka holiday home.
  15. Curry Muncher: Bit of a racist term used for people who like Currie… or from India.
  16. Cuzzie: Another way of saying cousin, but can be used for your friends… No one knows what this means any more.
  17. Dairy: Your local corner store, much like a newsagent or milk bar.
  18. Doggie bag: When you ordered too much, and you’re too cheap to let good food go to waste, this is when you ask for a doggie bag to take the leftovers home.
  19. Durrie: A ciggie, or cigarette.
  20. Eftpos: Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale. It’s that machine you swipe your ATM card on when you buy something.
  21. Far out or Far bro: Used in conversation as “oh really” or “wow man”.
  22. Felts: Textures Markers.
  23. Fizzy: Meaning soft drink or soda.
  24. Flannel: A cloth used to wash your face.
  25. Garage: A Service station, a place where you take your car and pay for someone else’s kids to go through university.
  26. Giz: Give me, or please pass me something.
  27. Gone owl: Means what are you doing?
  28. Grouse: Awesome, beautiful, the best or amazing.
  29. Gruts: Underwear.
  30. Gumboots: Same as your wellingtons or rubber boots used on a farm.
  31. Guz-a-look: Hey bro, Guz a look? When we want to see something.
  32. Half Pai: A job is done poorly.
  33. Hard case: Someone with a great sense of humour, funny person.
  34. Hash browns: Grated potato patties, not made from drugs!
  35. Heaps: A lot of something, or too much of something.
  36. Hori: Pronounced Whorey, something that is farked, old or gross.
  37. HungusWhen you’re hungry as for a feed.
  38. Jafa: Just Another Fuc***g Aucklander. You will find that the rest of the country is jealous of our biggest city… No one knows why.
  39. Jandals: Flip flops or thongs, definitely not roman sandals.
  40. Jersey: Common around the world, usually a warm jumper.
  41. Joker: Same as a bloke, a kiwi male.
  42. Judder bar: A speed hump which is used for slowing down fast cars.
  43. Kai: Maori word for food.
  44. Kiwi: Our National Bird.
  45. Kiwi Fruit: A fruit that you eat.
  46. Knackered: exhausted, usually from some form of physical activity until you can’t move and have to resort to Maccas and TV for the afternoon.
  47. Lolly: AKA Candy or sweets.
  48. Maccas: Commonly used in Australia as well, another name for Mc Donalds.
  49. Maori Job: Considered racial, same as Half Pai.
  50. Mean: That’s awesome!
  51. Mozzie: Another word for Maori’s in Ozzie, but it’s a type of sand fly.
  52. Munger: Food.
  53. Munted: Buggered or something that’s broken.
  54. Muppet: Originally used in the UK but commonly used in NZ as well. Used when someone does or says something idiotic. Can also describe a person who is stupid or hopeless in general.
  55. Nah, yeah: Yea mate.
  56. Puka ru ow: Not working bro.
  57. Puku: Maori word for stomach or tummy.
  58. Rangi: That’s farked.
  59. Ripper: Terrific or fantastic.
  60. Root: Sex, one of New Zealand’s favourite past times. Did you know? Kiwi women are the most promiscuous in the world. New Zealand women have an average of 20.4 sexual partners; the global average is only 7.3… Us Kiwis have more than the global average every year 😛
  61. Rust Bucket: APiece of S**t car, AKA a Ford Escort.
  62. Scodey: Something that’s rotten or gross.
  63. Scroggin: Pretty much the same as Trail Mix, except you must not forget the Pineapple Lumps.
  64. Scull: When alcohol is around, it means drink your entire vessel of beer/wine as fast as you can.
  65. Shame: Used when someone is witnessed doing or saying something embarrassing, or when a story about something uncomfortable happening to someone is heard.
  66. Shark and tattie: Fish and chips.
  67. She’ll be right: It’s ok or not a problem.
  68. Shot: Thanks, bro.
  69. Skux: Ladies Man, or someone who is well dressed.
  70. Slash: needing to go for a pee.
  71. Smoko: A break, morning or afternoon tea.
  72. Solid: That’s awesome!
  73. Sook: A grown man who needs to harden up, as in “don’t be such a sook”.
  74. Spots: or known as hot knives or bottle tokes. This is where two red hot blades are heated in an oven top to incinerate a small ball of a weed to inhale through a bottle with the arse end removed.
  75. Squizz or look-see: Checking something out visibly as in “give us a squizz”.
  76. Stoked: Happy, pleased that something went well.
  77. Sucked the kumara: Something that’s extremely broken.
  78. Sunnies: Sunglasses.
  79. Swannie: Often worn by South Islanders, AKA the basis for the fashion of NZ. It’s just a checkered jersey with no style.
  80. Sweet as: That’s awesome, or cool.
  81. Ta: Sweet as, or thank you I appreciate what you have done.
  82. Takeaways: Fast foods i.e., fish n chips.
  83. Takka: Food.
  84. Tiki tour: Getting to your destination, the hard way or via the long route.
  85. Togs: For use, when you go swimming, call them your swimming gear or trunks. Just don’t go too far away from the beach.
  86. Tramping: Going on a hoke or day walk in the bush.
  87. Trolley: Commonly known as a shopping cart to the rest of the world.
  88. Twink: Correction fluid, white-out or liquid paper.
  89. Undies: See Gruts:
  90. Up the boohai, or boowai: Something lost or gone awry.
  91. Varsity: University or an overpriced school that teaches information that is outdated by the time you leave.
  92. Wee: Could be considered small or insignificant.
  93. Westie: A person who lives in West Auckland… Often seen to be wearing singlets and sporting a mullet.
  94. What owl: Means what did you say?
  95. Wop wops: Somewhere that is literally in the middle of nowhere, just like Palmerston North or Gore.
  96. Yeah Right: In conversation with someone and doubting what they are saying.
  97. Yeah, Nah: Could be yes, could be no. If spoken, be very wary of this one, nobody knows the answer to this one.

Did we miss any? Let us know below or try our Kiwi Slang Quiz.

420 COMMENTS

  1. Chook is not an insult to older ladies. It’s just a term used for any age female, and often used as a friendly term . Hey (hello) chook?, what’s up (hello, how are you) chook?

  2. The rest of the country is not jealous of Aucklands its just Aucklanders are very arrogant, they think New Zealnd stops at the bombays Aucklands feel that because they are the biggest City they are more important than the rest of the country.

  3. No we’re not jealous of you Jafas. Its not jealously lol but derision. Cos we cant understand why you’re not jealous of us lol! We have all this nature and beauty and live, really live, immersed in this wonderful country. And you are stuck in urban jungle yet you think you are the centre of the country and somehow better than us. So we laugh at your arrogance (especially that of your media who report Auckland events as if they are happening to everyone). I never knew how true this was til I moved to the lower North Island and really began to enjoy how much better my quality of life became. I imagine its even more the case for South Islander. I mean why would they possibly want the trade their Southern Alps for your urban sprawl??? Really lol!!

  4. most of those are just as common in Australia as NZ ..we after all share the same early heratige of ‘colanization ‘ from UK

  5. Chilly Bin – Esky
    Ciggy – Durrie
    Felts – Textures, Markers
    G-STRINGS – ladies underwear also known as Thongs!

  6. Chook is not an insult to older ladies. It’s just a term used for any age female, and often used as a friendly term . Hey (hello) chook?, what’s up (hello, how are you) chook?

  7. The rest of the country is not jealous of Aucklands its just Aucklanders are very arrogant, they think New Zealnd stops at the bombays Aucklands feel that because they are the biggest City they are more important than the rest of the country.

  8. No we’re not jealous of you Jafas. Its not jealously lol but derision. Cos we cant understand why you’re not jealous of us lol! We have all this nature and beauty and live, really live, immersed in this wonderful country. And you are stuck in urban jungle yet you think you are the centre of the country and somehow better than us. So we laugh at your arrogance (especially that of your media who report Auckland events as if they are happening to everyone). I never knew how true this was til I moved to the lower North Island and really began to enjoy how much better my quality of life became. I imagine its even more the case for South Islander. I mean why would they possibly want the trade their Southern Alps for your urban sprawl??? Really lol!!

  9. most of those are just as common in Australia as NZ ..we after all share the same early heratige of ‘colanization ‘ from UK

    • it doesnt matter where fejoas came from.. its just a reference to where the word is commonly used…

  10. Bottle shop – in UK it’s off licence or offie
    Sook – as in, “don’t be such a sook” – like a whimp or a baby
    Bench – in UK it’s a work top
    My favourite that has already been mentioned is chilly bin! “Cool box” – how boring.
    I’m enjoying remembering all these!

  11. Choice! Used to describe something as being awesome or great. I use it all the time in London and no one knows what I’m on about, “I reckon that’s choice as”

  12. “Far out” or just “Far bro” in conversation which can be translated as “oh really” or “wow man”.

  13. Knackered
    Paddock
    Sussed
    Skux
    I’m From the states, someone told me the were knackered and I thought they said naked, and I’ve used the word paddock here in the states when talking about some farmland and nobody knew what I was talking about. Sussed is another one a well as skux

  14. Knackered
    Paddock
    Sussed
    Skux
    I’m From the states, someone told me the were knackered and I thought they said naked, and I’ve used the word paddock here in the states when talking about some farmland and nobody knew what I was talking about. Sussed is another one a well as skux

  15. The Feijoa fruit is not native (eating it is) as the name suggests. Dodgy is Pom. Durrie is ocker. Scull and crook are more foreign than local. A few of the others are antipodean rather than NZ (chook). Missing are plurals of you/your ‘youfullahs/yourfullahs’, and more traditional expressions such as joker – shelia, (elecro)lux (both as noun and verb) [and I’ll think of heaps more once I press enter]. Eh is added to the end of a sentence for emphasis or to make a question – depending on inflection [ children who know no better have started spelling this ay(e)]

  16. Mean/Solid-Really cool/awesome
    Yeah nah-No
    Nah yeah-Yes
    Flannel-Washcloth
    Trolley-Shopping cart
    Garage-Service station
    Maccas-Mcdonalds

    Just a few I think are also confusing, depending on the context

    • garage is what a service stattion is called in france, italy and spain so it is not even english specific let alone NZ specific, I always thought that yeah nah meant that ‘I don’t agree’ and that nah yeah meant ‘we do agree – that no ‘

    • Sticky tape was always cellotape when i grew up in nz, Durex in aus which is why it was so funny as that’s a condom in NZ. For me anyway ?

  17. Mean/Solid-Really cool/awesome
    Yeah nah-No
    Nah yeah-Yes
    Flannel-Washcloth
    Trolley-Shopping cart
    Garage-Service station
    Maccas-Mcdonalds

    Just a few I think are also confusing, depending on the context

    • garage is what a service stattion is called in france, italy and spain so it is not even english specific let alone NZ specific, I always thought that yeah nah meant that ‘I don’t agree’ and that nah yeah meant ‘we do agree – that no ‘

    • garage is what a service stattion is called in france, italy and spain so it is not even english specific let alone NZ specific, I always thought that yeah nah meant that ‘I don’t agree’ and that nah yeah meant ‘we do agree – that no ‘

  18. Doggie bag, im not sure it its been said but i said this at a restaurant the other day and the waiter thought i wanted my Mexican food put in a bag or that I was crazy. My husband was laughing and reminded me they dont know what that is in Australia.

  19. Doggie bag, im not sure it its been said but i said this at a restaurant the other day and the waiter thought i wanted my Mexican food put in a bag or that I was crazy. My husband was laughing and reminded me they dont know what that is in Australia.

  20. I’m not sure where the idea that feijoa is a NZ native came from. We certainly don’t try to claim it as ours. It’s introduced from South America. We just really like feijoas in NZ.

  21. I’m not sure where the idea that feijoa is a NZ native came from. We certainly don’t try to claim it as ours. It’s introduced from South America. We just really like feijoas in NZ.

  22. Doggie bag, im not sure it its been said but i said this at a restaurant the other day and the waiter thought i wanted my Mexican food put in a bag or that I was crazy. My husband was laughing and reminded me they dont know what that is in Australia.

  23. I’m not sure where the idea that feijoa is a NZ native came from. We certainly don’t try to claim it as ours. It’s introduced from South America. We just really like feijoas in NZ.

  24. Knackered!!!!

    Gotta include knackered!
    So funny to hear ppl think you just said… Man, I’m NAKED!!! Hahaha

    No….. knackered… not naked!

    😉

  25. Palmy North and Gore in the wop wops? LOL – you need to get out more!
    Whangamomona, that’s in the wop wops. The wop wops to my mind have to be at some end of a long winding road – preferably a long metal, winding road.

  26. Knackered!!!!

    Gotta include knackered!
    So funny to hear ppl think you just said… Man, I’m NAKED!!! Hahaha

    No….. knackered… not naked!

    😉

  27. Knackered!!!!

    Gotta include knackered!
    So funny to hear ppl think you just said… Man, I’m NAKED!!! Hahaha

    No….. knackered… not naked!

    😉

  28. Palmy North and Gore in the wop wops? LOL – you need to get out more!
    Whangamomona, that’s in the wop wops. The wop wops to my mind have to be at some end of a long winding road – preferably a long metal, winding road.

  29. Palmy North and Gore in the wop wops? LOL – you need to get out more!
    Whangamomona, that’s in the wop wops. The wop wops to my mind have to be at some end of a long winding road – preferably a long metal, winding road.

  30. something I used to say that confused the rest of the world, Get Outta the Road.. meaning move out of my way.

  31. something I used to say that confused the rest of the world, Get Outta the Road.. meaning move out of my way.

  32. something I used to say that confused the rest of the world, Get Outta the Road.. meaning move out of my way.

  33. Not sure how many of these are Kiwi or appropriate:

    Break a leg = good luck
    No flies on me = won easily
    F*ckin’ A! = enthusiastic agreement
    Rollie = a cigarette rolled by the smoker
    In the boondocks = lost in the bush (I think)
    Bum bag = USA calls it a fanny pack

  34. Not sure how many of these are Kiwi or appropriate:

    Break a leg = good luck
    No flies on me = won easily
    F*ckin’ A! = enthusiastic agreement
    Rollie = a cigarette rolled by the smoker
    In the boondocks = lost in the bush (I think)
    Bum bag = USA calls it a fanny pack

  35. What about tootu? Ya know ya get a new phone and you gotta have a tootu for a bit as in have a play

  36. Not even owl. Means that’s a lie.
    Whatever. Means your going to do it say it anyway.
    Knickers and bra. Real woman wear these cos men wear undies or jocks.
    Mokabunga. Baby that is half maori half islander usually Samoan.
    FOB. Fresh off the boat. Or fuck off bunga.
    Bunga brains. Means that your brain is fresh as a coconut shell.
    Mint. Something really sweet as. Really good.
    Neke Neke pull your teke. Means no freckin way go to hell.
    Nah. Means not really
    Neh. Means not me.
    Shotgun. Frontseat . Or a form of sharing smoke for another to inhale.
    Ngabush. Maori from way up nth.
    Growling. Means tell you off.
    Do the haka. Means throw a tantrum and try win your way.
    Nosey parka. Means a sticky beak wants to know your business
    Half casts. Means it’s a maori with half of something else.
    Ta_d_ra. Is a maori with green eyes from up nth.

    • Ooh_ poo_koo_ 2_ tie. Upuku tutai. Means shit head.
      Pa_wa_re tero means arsehole.
      Cut it out owl. Means that’s enough stop it.

  37. Not even owl. Means that’s a lie.
    Whatever. Means your going to do it say it anyway.
    Knickers and bra. Real woman wear these cos men wear undies or jocks.
    Mokabunga. Baby that is half maori half islander usually Samoan.
    FOB. Fresh off the boat. Or fuck off bunga.
    Bunga brains. Means that your brain is fresh as a coconut shell.
    Mint. Something really sweet as. Really good.
    Neke Neke pull your teke. Means no freckin way go to hell.
    Nah. Means not really
    Neh. Means not me.
    Shotgun. Frontseat . Or a form of sharing smoke for another to inhale.
    Ngabush. Maori from way up nth.
    Growling. Means tell you off.
    Do the haka. Means throw a tantrum and try win your way.
    Nosey parka. Means a sticky beak wants to know your business
    Half casts. Means it’s a maori with half of something else.
    Ta_d_ra. Is a maori with green eyes from up nth.

    • Ooh_ poo_koo_ 2_ tie. Upuku tutai. Means shit head.
      Pa_wa_re tero means arsehole.
      Cut it out owl. Means that’s enough stop it.

  38. Not sure how many of these are Kiwi or appropriate:

    Break a leg = good luck
    No flies on me = won easily
    F*ckin’ A! = enthusiastic agreement
    Rollie = a cigarette rolled by the smoker
    In the boondocks = lost in the bush (I think)
    Bum bag = USA calls it a fanny pack

  39. Not sure how many of these are Kiwi or appropriate:

    Break a leg = good luck
    No flies on me = won easily
    F*ckin’ A! = enthusiastic agreement
    Rollie = a cigarette rolled by the smoker
    In the boondocks = lost in the bush (I think)
    Bum bag = USA calls it a fanny pack

  40. What about tootu? Ya know ya get a new phone and you gotta have a tootu for a bit as in have a play

  41. What about tootu? Ya know ya get a new phone and you gotta have a tootu for a bit as in have a play

  42. Singlet = vest in UK.
    Sneakers = Plimsolls in UK
    Jandals = Flipflops in UK
    Cant recall any more right away, been away far too long :-/

  43. Not even owl. Means that’s a lie.
    Whatever. Means your going to do it say it anyway.
    Knickers and bra. Real woman wear these cos men wear undies or jocks.
    Mokabunga. Baby that is half maori half islander usually Samoan.
    FOB. Fresh off the boat. Or fuck off bunga.
    Bunga brains. Means that your brain is fresh as a coconut shell.
    Mint. Something really sweet as. Really good.
    Neke Neke pull your teke. Means no freckin way go to hell.
    Nah. Means not really
    Neh. Means not me.
    Shotgun. Frontseat . Or a form of sharing smoke for another to inhale.
    Ngabush. Maori from way up nth.
    Growling. Means tell you off.
    Do the haka. Means throw a tantrum and try win your way.
    Nosey parka. Means a sticky beak wants to know your business
    Half casts. Means it’s a maori with half of something else.
    Ta_d_ra. Is a maori with green eyes from up nth.

    • Ooh_ poo_koo_ 2_ tie. Upuku tutai. Means shit head.
      Pa_wa_re tero means arsehole.
      Cut it out owl. Means that’s enough stop it.

  44. Not even owl. Means that’s a lie.
    Whatever. Means your going to do it say it anyway.
    Knickers and bra. Real woman wear these cos men wear undies or jocks.
    Mokabunga. Baby that is half maori half islander usually Samoan.
    FOB. Fresh off the boat. Or fuck off bunga.
    Bunga brains. Means that your brain is fresh as a coconut shell.
    Mint. Something really sweet as. Really good.
    Neke Neke pull your teke. Means no freckin way go to hell.
    Nah. Means not really
    Neh. Means not me.
    Shotgun. Frontseat . Or a form of sharing smoke for another to inhale.
    Ngabush. Maori from way up nth.
    Growling. Means tell you off.
    Do the haka. Means throw a tantrum and try win your way.
    Nosey parka. Means a sticky beak wants to know your business
    Half casts. Means it’s a maori with half of something else.
    Ta_d_ra. Is a maori with green eyes from up nth.

    • Ooh_ poo_koo_ 2_ tie. Upuku tutai. Means shit head.
      Pa_wa_re tero means arsehole.
      Cut it out owl. Means that’s enough stop it.

  45. Singlet = vest in UK.
    Sneakers = Plimsolls in UK
    Jandals = Flipflops in UK
    Cant recall any more right away, been away far too long :-/

  46. Singlet = vest in UK.
    Sneakers = Plimsolls in UK
    Jandals = Flipflops in UK
    Cant recall any more right away, been away far too long :-/

  47. Dag as in ‘he’s a bit of a dag’. But the literal meaning is a lump of shit hanging from a sheep’s hindquarters.

  48. Rangi – Hoodrat

    Upto? – What are you doing?

    Sup bro – Refer to a friend. Hello.

    Neat alright – That’s awesome or cool.

    Shithouse – Toilet

    Long drop – Outdoor toilet for the wopwops.

    Hamu – Scab, someone who asks for stuff for no reason. Can I have your smoke

  49. Durex is Sellotape in Australia, not NZ. You’ll never find a Kiwi with his dick entangled in plastic sticky tape.

    • I agree definitely Durex in celotape in Oz. My Mum moved here 50 years ago and imagine the scandal when she went into a stationary store and asked for Durex! She was ran out of the store as a tart! It took her days before she finally understood.

  50. Skungy as in nasty. Eg pretty Skungy summer we have been having.

    Pretty meaning very

    Grundies another word for underpants

    Drip – useless wimpy person (you big drip)

    Wimp – unassertive weak person

    Blouse. Or big girls blouse. A wimp

    Hollywood – a faked or accentuated injury on the sports field. Ie. It was just a big Hollywood.

  51. Cool bananas: same as sweet as
    Going down the line: means going away, can be anywhere not just south
    Maindrag: the main road

  52. ne mine yours – never mind your ideas or statements or anything you’ve got to say
    Missy tero/pronounced Te door – you missed the target
    Onit – drinking alcohol
    Oi / pronounced oy – hey you!
    Cruise – go for a drive
    Handle it – you can do it
    Betcha – want to bet on it
    Your doomed – you’re going to be beaten / you’ve lost

  53. Many West Island terms in that list.

    And I have never heard of anyone calling sellotape “Durex”

  54. 110 and 83 are the same thing, and they’re both pronounced “eh”. “Aye” is like a pirate and pronounced “eye”.

  55. This was actually painful to read. The amount of spelling mistakes is appalling – I appreciate that a lot of them are slang and therefore not in a traditional dictionary, but come on. You are POSTING on the internet. One would assume you had ACCESS to the internet to do a little fact checking. One particularly egregious example is “textures”. You mean Textas. Looks like slang/misspelling, is an actual brand name. Need to try harder.

  56. Skux also means mighty fine looking for male OR female. Gone owl – is a derivative of Go on ow! a term meant as in “really – you gotta be kidding me.”

  57. Six….. its missing….. I wanna have six with yew….. as in SEX. Aussies say “wanna root?”

  58. Hungus is actually another name for a greedy individual, especially in team sport. Ie, that Hungus should have passed the ball-not kept it.

  59. I feel like this is written by a Jafa haha, never met anyone in Wellington say “What owl?”
    Some others:
    Dropkick – an idiot/ failure at life
    Tu meke – Maori for too much
    Gutted – Disappointed/ empathised for someone else when something bad happens
    Feed – a meal (you referenced it in one of the other words, but nobody overseas says “gonna have a feed”)

    • Never met anyone anywhere in NZ that says “what owl”
      Have heard people being called “morepork”, as in night owl

  60. That list sounds more Ozzie than anything else!! It’s whassup ow not owl!! Geez ya bugger get it right!!
    Hori is a term for you look unkept, untidy!! Not broken and PAKARU IS BROKEN 😂🤣
    Never even heard the term Shark and tatties!! And a scoody was a racist for an islander years ago.

    • scoody was use as a term like holdout-like what a scoody kient give us sum ow lol thats what we use to say back in the days

    • “Shark and shavings”….not tatties that’s Scottish…..as is “chook” or “hen” for women….but we do say “chook” for chicken
      “Bridge pies” is used in Taranaki for little savoury pies….maybe they played bridge
      “Hori” is a derogatory term for Maori

  61. Half these words are Australian slang, think u a bit confused bro! Takka, Dary, durex, dunny etc = Australian

  62. Pakaru is the maori word for broken. We say ow or eah not owl. Nah, yea means yes (usually probably shouldnt but yes anyway)
    And yea, nah means, yes i acknowladge the question but no, just no. Its giz a look not guz-a-look. Kiwifruit is the name of a fruit, not slang. Good effort but a few words on there arent even kiwi lol. havent even heard some of these lol

  63. hori is a term we use as in poor like as, what a hori falla.or a racial term towards maori or similar meaning to the word(nigger!!!).if used in that way….
    tumeke-to much or tumeke bro-to much bro awesome
    chur-is used as a greating or for many things..
    ow-our meaning far out ow falla ow bei…
    jandals-are thongs in other countys but thongs is a bikini bottom in nz…

  64. durex we used when hooking up ready to bump uglies( a condom} with the opposite sex lol never herd it been used as a

  65. Never heard of anyone calling cello tape Durex in my lifetime of 47 years 😂😂😂 Sticky Tape would be what I’ve heard it referred to mostly 😁

  66. Jungle Bunny – an unkept maori

    Bush Pig – unattractive female

    Gravel Rush – someone falling off a bike n skining their ass

    Parched – thirsty

    Polish a turd – trying to make something shit look good

  67. 76: Go On Ow: referring to someone whos talking s**t or wont stop because everyones sick of hearing it.
    *Mean: referring to something awesome or something really flash
    *Too Much: same as previous
    *On the piss: drinking or partying
    *Weed eater: same as whipper snipper(aus)
    *Mowree: ignorant way of saying Moari.
    (i hate being called this)
    *Get a Hiding/ Get the bash: get a smack or worse!
    *Hard/Hard Out: agree or definition explaining something that was extreme or certain.

    I love the idea of this “LIST”! it will help some of my aussie mates understand 😅 .. I Hope!

  68. Algoods – okay
    Yeah, nah – no.
    Nah, yeah – yes.
    Ratchet/ratshit – something sad.
    Abs – absolutely
    Dia – friend/dear
    Nuk- no, none, also used for know. “I got nuk the money” and “far she nuks what’s up”
    Nukaro- know it all
    Coastie- someone from the east coast.
    Hang pants – a guy who often sleep with females.
    Lele- lesbian
    Sista- sister, used by a feminine guy to refer to his feminine guy mates as Sista.
    Gummies/ redbands/ bluebands- gumboots
    Joker – a male who makes jokes.
    Kods – pronounced ‘kh-d-z.’ It’s shortened from koretake which means Useless
    Eah – similar to cous, mate, oi, ow
    G / Gee / ghee – nickname to a mate
    Sweet as – algoods.
    Ugs- ugly.
    Ow- why did you do that? Eah.
    Sacked it – drop nuts “far he’s asleep drop nuts” or “far he Sacked it”
    Drop nuts- was not confident, pussy
    Pussy – drop nuts, sacked it
    Far – a sound made, similar to wow

    Never heard of “gone owl”
    It’s written “Pakaru ow” but pronounced “puka-ru ow”
    NEVER HAVE I EVER HEARD OF “MAORI JOB” being used for “half pai.” Don’t get the two confused.
    “Mozzie” are Māoris over in aussie, Māoris born with an Australian parent. It is an combination of the word Māori and Aussie
    Never heard “what owl?” But we do say “what eah?” OR “what ow?”
    Never heard of “sacked the Kumara” either.

  69. Some of these terms are American (crib and doggie bag, for example), not kiwi, never ever heard a kiwi call sellotape Durex, some are “normal” words, and not slang, several I have never ever even heard used. And its “ow”, not “owl”, tucker, not takka, pukaru, not puka ru, and is not slang, but the Maori word for broken.
    If you’re going to make a list…at least make sure its RIGHT!

  70. That study on promiscuity is rubbish. There were 4 million ppl in New Zealand in 2009 when the study was run and only 500 kiwis participated. The study only had 29000 participants from the whole world, that’s how rubbish it is. Some of your list is cool and correct, some of it is way off base. P.s. ow not owl.

  71. Palmy North and Gore in the wop wops? LOL – you need to get out more!
    Whangamomona, that’s in the wop wops. The wop wops to my mind have to be at some end of a long winding road – preferably a long metal, winding road.

  72. Knackered!!!!

    Gotta include knackered!
    So funny to hear ppl think you just said… Man, I’m NAKED!!! Hahaha

    No….. knackered… not naked!

    😉

  73. something I used to say that confused the rest of the world, Get Outta the Road.. meaning move out of my way.

  74. What about tootu? Ya know ya get a new phone and you gotta have a tootu for a bit as in have a play

  75. Singlet = vest in UK.
    Sneakers = Plimsolls in UK
    Jandals = Flipflops in UK
    Cant recall any more right away, been away far too long :-/

  76. ‘Chook’ is an English colloquialism, and has been around for longer than NZ has officially been on the world map. “What’s up chook”, “keep yer pecker up, chook” very old and not unique to kiwi slang 🙂

  77. Never heard of “what owl” and many of the phrases are imports from the UK, not unique to NZ at all. Sorry. Not a representation of NZ Slang. Much of the spelling, in both phrase and definition, is incorrect; grammar is poor and phrases are non-existent. Don’t know who wrote this, how long they’ve been in NZ, where they originated, but this list needs correcting in so many ways. “Kiwi Fruit, a fruit that you eat” really? Crikey Charlie!

  78. Sunnies: Sunglasses.
    Australia says this, I’ve heard people in UK say it too, not a kiwi-ism.

    Swannie: Often worn by South Islanders, AKA the basis for fashion of NZ. It’s just a checkered jersey with no style.

    Comes from the brand “swandri” a famous NZ clothing label (with a swan as the logo emblem) made for rugged outdoor use –
    Generally used and originally created for forestry, farming, outdoor workers for winter. Made from wool, withstands bad weather, very warm, available as a thick shirt or jacket and other styles of top. Is Not “the basis for fashion in NZ” at all, what bunkum.

    Ta: Sweet as, or thank you I really appreciate what you have done.

    Definition of “Ta” is “Thank you” has been since time began. Babies say Ta. Originated in North of England, “Ta, very much” simply a friendly colloquial way to say thank you. Does not mean “sweet as” at all!

    Takeaways: Fast foods ie: fish n chips.
    As for this: “Takeaways” is used in America, UK, Australia. It doesn’t just refer to Fish n Chips, and if you want to be ‘kiwi’ it is pronounced Fush n chups, but no self respecting kiwi will admit to that, to us it sounds fish n chios and Aussies say Feesh n Cheeps…

    Wee is a wee, and Everyone knows what a wee is… it also means something that’s very small.

    What Owl ? Really? Haha ya muppet.

    Yeah, nah, so much of this is like, not even man.

  79. Chilly Bin – Esky
    Ciggy – Durrie
    Felts – Textures, Markers
    G-STRINGS – ladies underwear also known as Thongs!

  80. I think “Yeah, nah” means no and “nah, yeah” means yes… whatever comes last is the answer I guess.

  81. “Far out” or just “Far bro” in conversation which can be translated as “oh really” or “wow man”.

  82. Choice! Used to describe something as being awesome or great. I use it all the time in London and no one knows what I’m on about, “I reckon that’s choice as”

  83. Bottle shop – in UK it’s off licence or offie
    Sook – as in, “don’t be such a sook” – like a whimp or a baby
    Bench – in UK it’s a work top
    My favourite that has already been mentioned is chilly bin! “Cool box” – how boring.
    I’m enjoying remembering all these!

  84. The Feijoa fruit is not native (eating it is) as the name suggests. Dodgy is Pom. Durrie is ocker. Scull and crook are more foreign than local. A few of the others are antipodean rather than NZ (chook). Missing are plurals of you/your ‘youfullahs/yourfullahs’, and more traditional expressions such as joker – shelia, (elecro)lux (both as noun and verb) [and I’ll think of heaps more once I press enter]. Eh is added to the end of a sentence for emphasis or to make a question – depending on inflection [ children who know no better have started spelling this ay(e)]

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