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:

  1. Ka pai: good
  2. Cheers: thank you, no problem, hello
  3. Sweet as: awesome
  4. Tiki tours: scenic route, site-seeing journey
  5. Rubbish: trash
  6. Dodgy: uneasy, unreliable, sketchy
  7. Thick: stupid, dumb
  8. Tea time: Morning and afternoon set aside for tea and coffee breaks
  9. Having a yarn: telling a joke, prank
  10. Ute: truck, utility vehicle

 

Food:

    1. Milo: Chocolate malt powder mixed with hot or cold water or milk

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    2. Marmite: Dark brown food paste that is especially salty whole-wheat-toast-and-marmite
    3. Meat pies: Normally hand sized pie filled with diced or minced meat with gravy and any other extra ingredients to add flavor

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    4. Fish and chips: Classic fried fish and french fries

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    5. Hokey pokey ice cream: plain vanilla ice cream with small, solid lumps of honeycomb toffee

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    6. Whittaker’s chocolate: This chocolate is based in Porirua, NZ, and is the second largest chocolate brand in NZ behind Cadbury.

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    7. Pineapple lumps: Chocolate with a chewy, pineapple center

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    8. Manuka Honey: Honey produced from the nectar of the manuka tree. It is delicious!Manuka_Lifestyle_portraiLR
    9. Tim Tams: A chocolate biscuit that is definitely a favorite on this trip!

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    10. Cookie Time: This company is based in Christchurch, NZ, and produces the best quick, snack cookies!

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    11. L&P: A sweet, soft drink that has a lemon flavor
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