15 Kiwi English Words and Phrases You Need to Know

Travel Tips, What's New — By Marie Szamborski on October 14, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Kia ora, bro!

She’ll be right- everything will be fine

Kia ora- Mäori greeting that is used by just about everybody

Sweet as!/ Sweet!- That’s good

Note that other things can be “as” as well such as “This pie is delicious as” or “He is tall as” or “That surf was wicked as”.

No worries/ No worries, mate- It’s no problem

flat out- busy

jandals-flip flops/ thongs

chilly bin- cooler (thermal box used at the beach and on picnics to keep foods cool)

togs/ swimmers- swim suit/ swimming costume

sammies- sandwiches

bro- mate/ buddy/ friend

partner- husband/ wife/ boyfriend/ girlfriend (ie. it’s nothing to do with work)

heaps- a lot

Bugger!- Damn!/ Oh crap!

trolley- shopping cart

kiwifruit- fuzzy brown fruit with green insides (a “Kiwi” is a New Zealander)

Photo credit: kiwi time by bzo on Flickr

Tags: Kiwi English, language, New Zealand, New Zealand English


  • Marta says:

    How interesting! How do you pronounce “kia ora”?

  • Marie says:

    Thanks for your comment, Marta. To pronounce kia ora you sort of drop the ‘a’ and soften the ‘r’ so it’s a bit like a ‘d’ sound (or a Spanish ‘r’) and it’ll be as close as I can describe in writing. So, key-or-da.

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