Sunday, 4 April 2010


A New Zealand Steinie - Steinlager
Term applied to New Zealands native lager beer, Steinlager. e.g. "I'm going out for a Steinie!"

Bust a gut

To try extremely hard. To put all your energy into doing something.


Excellent or Super !

rattle your dags

hurry up, get a move on, step on it

rack off

A quite forceful way of saying go away or p**s off

Pack a sad

This is a weird phrase even by slang standards. Means to become moody or bad tempered. Can also be used to refer to something that is broken. e.g. My TV packed a sad.

Pinky Bar

By Cadbury a pinky Bar produced for New ZealandA Cadbury's confectionary bar. Marshmallow and caramel covered in milk chocolate. By some sort of criminal injustice it seems this very sweet treat is produced by Cadbury in New Zealand only.


Abbreviation of afternoon. e.g. This arvo = this afternoon


A small child


A prostite "working" the ships docked at New Zealand's ports.


A word used in place of family or relatives.


A relatively minor vehicle accident. Is also used as a verb e.g. "Sorry love I've just pranged the car".


The haka is the traditional dance of the New Zealand Maori. It is a group posture dance with vigorous body movements, feet stamping and rhythmically shouted war dance words.

Not all haka are war dances, however, and some are performed by women and children.

The haka we are familar with is normally performed before matches by the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. However it is now more commonly used as a welcome to New Zealand for VIPs visiting this wonderful country

Saturday, 3 April 2010


A term applied to the traditional "corner store" or "convenience store" selling milk, bread, papers, convenience foods and dairy produce (the basics). The only type of store permitted to open on Christmas day and Good Friday, for a short time, without a licence.


A slang verb and noun: To have sexual intercourse

e.g. They went to bed to have a bonk. They were bonking for at least 2 minutes.

Could be a bit confusing when you think that "Bonkers" could be somebody who is slightly crazy or, I guess, more than one person having sex. How about, "On the beach we saw a couple who were bonkers!" Were they crazy or commiting an offence?


A New Zealand Bach
Bach pronounced "Batch" is quite simply a New Zealand holiday home, like the one pictured above

shit a brick

An exclamation of shock or surprise. Not surprisingly it is not the agonizing excretion of a block of cement!

Black Caps (Blackcaps)

The national cricket team of New Zealand

Friday, 26 March 2010

Shark and Tatties

A nice portion of Shark and Tatties or fish and chips!Deep Fried Fish (not shark!) and Chips (French Fries as they may be known by many)


A St Johns Ambulance Officer

So is this a zambuck wagon?

Chilly Bin

 A sealable insulated (usually with polystyrene) box. Keeps food and drink cold


A remote location

Tangata Whenua

The people of the land

Beehive (The)

The Beehive by Andrew Currie
The name for the Executive Wing of the New Zealand parliament buildings in the capital city, Wellington.

Anzac Day

A national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. It is commemorated on 25 April every year to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli (Turkey) in World I. It now also commemorates those who died and served in military operations for their countries. Anzac Day is also observed in Tonga, Samoa, Niue and the Cook Islands.



Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (from World War 1)

Also see


Somewhat lazy expression for the All Blacks


New Zealanders who are not of the Maori blood line. Most are of British or, to a lesser extent, Irish decent. However some other European countries also play a part. The term Pakeha is therefore normally only applied to those NewZealanders who can trace their origins back to Europe.


Young Maori Girl image estimated at around 1910
The indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand


A Lemon & Paeroa fizzy soda water

Kiwi Fruit

A Kiwi Fruit kiwifruit
Also known as the Chinese Gooseberry an egg-shaped brown skinned fruit. the skin has a slightly furry texture. Inside the flesh is green with black seeds. Taste varies according to ripeness but could be described generally as slighly tart.

Judder Bars

Speed bumps or humps in the road usually to restrict vehicle speed.


A chicken

Cherry Island, Taupo, New Zealand, Chicken with new chicks

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Pom or Pommie

Some dictionaries refer to "Pom or Pommie" as a derogatory name for a British person more regularly used by New Zealanders and Australians.

However few British people would be insulted by the term which is used more as a fun nickname, no more insulting than a British person calling a New Zealander a Kiwi which is also not offensive.

All Blacks

New Zealand All Blacks The National Rugby Team
The National Rugby Union team of New Zealand. named, perhaps not surprisingly, because of their "all black" home rugby kit.


1. A fruit. Also known as the Chinese Gooseberry an egg-shaped brown skinned fruit. the skin has a slightly furry texture. Inside the flesh is green with black seeds. Taste varies according to ripeness but could be described generally as slighly tart. See

The New Zealand flightless Kiwi bird
2. A New Zealander. One who is a native of or inhabits New Zealand

3. Flightless bird of New Zealand. Nocturnal creature with a long neck.