There are three types of “kiwi” in the New Zealand: Kiwi the fruit, Kiwi the bird, and Kiwi the people. Do not get confused! If you say I ate a kiwi someone might look at you funny. You should say I ate a kiwi fruit. For this post, I am referring to the people of New Zealand who call themselves “kiwi”.
Kiwi use a mix of English slang, Maori words, and have their own unique food. Check out my list below of unique words, items, and food eaten by Kiwi’s.
Words and slang:
- Ka pai: good
- Cheers: thank you, no problem, hello
- Sweet as: awesome
- Tiki tours: scenic route, site-seeing journey
- Rubbish: trash
- Dodgy: uneasy, unreliable, sketchy
- Thick: stupid, dumb
- Tea time: Morning and afternoon set aside for tea and coffee breaks
- Having a yarn: telling a joke, prank
- Ute: truck, utility vehicle
- Milo: Chocolate malt powder mixed with hot or cold water or milk
- Marmite: Dark brown food paste that is especially salty
- Meat pies: Normally hand sized pie filled with diced or minced meat with gravy and any other extra ingredients to add flavor
- Fish and chips: Classic fried fish and french fries
- Hokey pokey ice cream: plain vanilla ice cream with small, solid lumps of honeycomb toffee
- Whittaker’s chocolate: This chocolate is based in Porirua, NZ, and is the second largest chocolate brand in NZ behind Cadbury.
- Pineapple lumps: Chocolate with a chewy, pineapple center
- Manuka Honey: Honey produced from the nectar of the manuka tree. It is delicious!
- Tim Tams: A chocolate biscuit that is definitely a favorite on this trip!
- Cookie Time: This company is based in Christchurch, NZ, and produces the best quick, snack cookies!
- L&P: A sweet, soft drink that has a lemon flavor