Don't let language be a barrier - learn the "Kiwi" way

Don't walk too close - a sign warning about local wildlife on the Banks Peninsula | Janet Oldham
Don't walk too close - a sign warning about local wildlife on the Banks Peninsula | Janet Oldham
There are so many aspects to travel – from planning, to getting there – making sure you pack the right gear, to reading advice and tips on things to see and do from those that have gone before.  The one thing that can often go very wrong is language.  
 
New Zealand’s main language is English, although you will often see Te Reo (Maori) incorporated into many places that you visit.  Like anywhere in the world, what might mean something in one country, means a completely different thing in another eg: dairy.
 
Here are some little tips and useful phrases to get you started – and I am sure, provide some laughs and fun moments along the way.
 
Kia Ora (key-o-ra) – The first thing you see at the airport on arrival - Hello
 
Whanau (far-no) – Family
 
Wahine (wa-he-ney) Women 
 
Tane (ta-ney) Man 
 
Kai - food 
 
Tapu - sacred, spiritual
 
Haere rā (high-reh-rah) – Goodbye
 
Dairy – a small shop selling milk, newspapers, ice-creams and other small necessities – not the cow/milk kind
 
Togs – swimsuit, bathers 
 
Jandals – flipflops, thongs, sandals depending on which part of the world you come from
 
Tiki Tour – driving slowly or casually taking the scenic route
 
Wop wops or The wops – the middle of no-where, really far away
 
Bro – could be a friend or a brother – does not need to be related
 
Heaps – often used instead of “lots of” – heaps of
 
Sweet as – basically means ‘great’
 
Bach (batch) – a holiday house or summer house, popular in beach or out of town destinations
 
Crook – not feeling well, sick “I’m a little crook” – not the buglary kind
 
Feijoa – a native, green, New Zealand fruit, oval in shape with an acquired taste
 
Hokey Pokey – one of New Zealand much loved ice-cream flavours – very similar to honeycomb
 
Scroggin – heading out on a long walk or hike, you will want a bag of scroggin, a mix of nuts and fruits often called trail mix in other countries
 
Smoko – quite simply, morning tea.  Originally referred to as a smoking and tea break, now just a coffee or tea with a snack break
 
Choice – means ‘cool’ or ‘great’
 
Lollies – any sweet that is not a lollipop or chocolate eg: gummy bears, Pineapple Lumps (another kiwi must have) etc
 
All good – another way to say never mind, it’s ok etc
 
Kiwi – New Zealander or native bird
 
Buggered – really tired 
 
Jumper – a sweater, pull over – often made of wool or something else warm 
 
Chocka Block – crowded or extremely busy
 
Not even – no way or not true
 
Ka kite ano – See you later
 
Hongi - a traditional Maori greeting where people press their noses together - not to be confused with Hangi
 
Hangi - a traditional New Zealand Māori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven, called an umu.
 
Nins Bin in Kaikoura |  <i>ChristchurchNZ</i> Spot a Kiwi at the Pukaha National Wildlife Centre |  <i>Miles Holden</i> Taking part in a traditionally Maori welcome known as a hongi. |  <i>Fraser Clements</i>

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