New Zealand slang
When visiting out lovely country, it pays to know what the New Zealand slang. Your guide to 'Kiwispeak'.
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When you visit New Zealand you will find a beautiful country, breath-taking scenery and friendly people. The Maori will share with you their culture and not laugh too hard when you try to get your tongue around some of the place names, and everywhere you go you will be treated in a polite and friendly manner. But strange things happen when you go down to the local pub for a drink with the regulars - all of a sudden they speak with foreign tongues - a sort of code - what does it all mean?
You go into a shop, the pub or hotel. You would expect "hello", wouldn’t you? Not here. You’ll probably be greeted with "Kia Ora" or "Gidday". Kia Ora being a form of Maori greeting and is usually followed by 'Kia ora, kei te pehea koe?' ( basically said as it looks). It's quite civil, simply hello, how are you? (Incidentally you are not expected to reply in the same tongue!)
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