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15 Awesome Slang Words to Use in New Zealand

15 Awesome Slang Words to Use in New Zealand

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Updated: 18 December 2017

Every place has its linguistic quirks, but New Zealand slang is on an entirely different level. In a country where ‘yeah, nah’ is a form of disagreement, ‘tramping’ means hiking, ‘egg’ is a way of calling someone a clown and ‘Kiwi’ is the name of the entire populace, you’re likely to feel a little lost in translation. But not to worry, we’re about to make your trip that much easier by introducing 15 everyday terms you’re bound to stumble across during your travels.

1. Sweet as

A way of saying ‘cool’ or ‘awesome’. Also a way of saying ‘okay’: ‘I’ll be there around 6.30 p.m.’, ‘Sweet as.’

2. Jandals

Flip-flops or, if you reside in Australia, thongs. You know, the type of sandals you wear on the beach (and just about anywhere else in New Zealand — they’re quite a relaxed bunch).

3. Not even

Not true, or ‘yeah, whatever’. Sometimes the sound ‘ow’ is added to the sentence: ‘You were totally checking him out.’, ‘Not even, ow.’

4. No worries, she’ll be right

Both, used separately or together, mean ‘not a problem’ or ‘Everything’s going to be okay’.

5. Crack up

Hilarious: ‘what a crack up’ = ‘That’s so funny’.

6. Chur

A way of saying thanks/cheers. Sometimes the word ‘bro’ (similar to calling someone your ‘mate’) might be added at the end: ‘Chur, bro.’

7. Ta

Another way of saying thank you: ‘Here you go.’, ‘Ta.’

8. Wop-wops

In the middle of nowhere: ‘He lives way out in the wop-wops.’

9. Hard/Hard out

A way of saying ‘I completely agree’. Again, the word ‘bro’ is sometimes added at the end: ‘It’s really hot today.’, ‘Hard out, bro!’

10. Mean

Mean = great, awesome. ‘I had a mean experience last night’!

11. Munted

Broken. As in ‘my car is completely munted’.

12. Chocka

Full, in every sense: ‘That place was chocka today.’; ‘Have you had enough to eat?’, ‘Yeah, I’m completely chocka.’

13. Suss

To investigate or resolve: ‘I’ll suss it out.’ It can also be used to say you’ve already got everything under control: ‘I’m all sussed, no worries.’

14. Hard case

Another way of saying something’s funny. ‘He’s such a hard case.’ = ‘He’s so funny’.

15. Tu Meke

A Maori term that means ‘awesome’ or ‘good job’! Another alternative you might hear is ‘ka pai’ (‘good’).