‘How ya garn?’ – Kiwis are right into shortening things: jail terms and odds on Bledisloe Cup matches spring to mind. Alas, it’s no different with words. After all, why waste your time on, ‘Good day, fine sir, how would you be on this splendiferous morning,’ when you could get away with the above?
‘Piss’ – In New Zealand booze is otherwise known as ‘piss.’ You can get pissed, get on the piss, sink piss, take a piss, take the piss, or be as weak as piss. Note – when in a bar on the piss you might also get pissy about a piss pour which is, for want of a better word, piss poor.
‘Mean, bro, mean!’ – Your great grandpa called it ‘Tip Top.’ These days ‘mean’ translates to wicked or mint, as in, ‘two snapper on the same line, mean!’
‘Chully Bun’ – Known in Oz as an ‘esky’, this portable ice chest can be used as a seat, cricket stumps, or even a motorised vehicle should you feel like getting arrested. Be sure you get the Kiwi pronunciation right: Chully Bun.
Manus – ‘Ya manus, you didn’t put your togs and jandals in the boot! Well, no worries, she’ll be right – we’ll just mish down to the bach after some kai with the whanau.’