• New Zealand Regions
      • Hawke's Bay
      • Bay of Plenty
      • Waikato
      • Whanganui
      • Manawatu
      • Northland
      • Auckland
      • Gisborne
      • Taranaki
      • Wellington
      • West Coast
      • Nelson
      • Canterbury
      • Otago
      • Marlborough
      • Southland
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      Hawke's Bay

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      Beaches, wineries and Art Deco. The Hawke's Bay has a diverse economy, including business services that support its sectors to be the second largest contributor to regional GDP in the country. A popular tourist destination, the region has some of the countries best restaurants as well as stunning scenery, markets and festivals.

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      Bay of Plenty

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      The Bay of Plenty is officially New Zealand's sunniest destination, enjoying short-lived winters and long summer days. The Region offers some of the country's most spectacular views and many ways to enjoy the pristine scenery and natural wonders. Visitors also enjoy exploring the Bay's Māori heritage and pre-European roots.

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      Waikato

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      The Waikato is known for its rolling plains, fertile land and the mighty Waikato River. The region is the fourth largest regional economy in New Zealand, with a strong focus on primary production and associated manufacturing.

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      Whanganui

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      Welcome to Whanganui. This is our place; where history is full of stories, legends and rich legacy. Where a thriving arts scene, creativity and evolving culture inspire our modern lives. Where breath-taking natural landscapes capture imaginations at every turn.

      Manawatu

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      Located in the lower North Island, Manawatu is heartland New Zealand, offering an authentic Kiwi experience.

      The main in the region are Palmerston North, most notable for Massey University. Palmerston has a vibrant, arts and culture scene.

      The region's economy is based on food production and processing, research and education. The region is also home for the New Zealand defence force.

      Northland

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      Northland was originally home to some of our country's first human inhabitants. Today, it is one of the fastest growing regions in New Zealand and home to nearly 189,000 people. Rich in culture and history, the region boasts a stunning natural environment.

      Auckland

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      Auckland Region stretches from the the beaches of the Pacific Ocean in the east to the expansive beaches of the rugged west coast of the Tasman Sea. Auckland City, the largest urban area in New Zealand is considered the main economic center of New Zealand and a popular destination for international students and travellers.

      Gisborne

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      Gisborne is a Region on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. It's known for wineries and surf beaches such as Makorori. The region has maintained a strong Maori heritage. The region's economy is made up mainly of agriculture, horticulture and forestry.

      Taranaki

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      Taranaki is a coastal and mountainous region on the western side of New Zealand's North Island. Its landscape is dominated by Mount Taranaki, its namesake volcano, which lies within the rainforested Egmont National Park.

      The port city of New Plymouth is the area's cultural and commercial hub. Taranaki's economy is diverse and includes dairy, oil and gas. The region is the highest contributor or national GDP per capita. 

      Wellington

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      The Wellington Region covers Wellington city in the south, Upper and Lower Hutt valleys to the north-east, and Porirua to the north-west. The region takes its name from Wellington, New Zealand's capital city.

      Wellington is famous for its arts and culture scene and is also the centre of New Zealand's film industry.

      West Coast

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      The West Coast, or as some locals call it, the "Wild West", is a long thin region that runs down the South Island's west coast.

      The region has the lowest population in all of New Zealand. It is famous for its rugged natural scenery such as the Pancake Rocks, the Blue Pools of Haast, and the glaciers.

      The main industries in the region are dairy farming and mining. Tourism also plays an important role.

      Nelson – Tasman

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      Nelson Tasman is an extraordinary, vibrant region where art and businesses thrive together among a stunning natural landscape. With one in five people internationally born, Nelson Tasman has 48 different cultures living in its environs.

      The region prides its self on being New Zealand’s leading Research and Development areas, with the highest proportion of people working in the research, science and tech sectors out of anywhere in New Zealand.

      Canterbury

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      Canterbury is a region on New Zealand’s South Island marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces.

      Otago

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      There are few places in the world which will leave you with a lasting sense of difference. Central Otago is undoubtedly one of them from its landscapes, its seasons, its people, its products and experiences.

      Marlborough

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      Marlborough Region is on the north-eastern corner of the South Island. The region is well known for its winemaking industry, and the Marlborough Sounds, an extensive network of coastal waterways, peninsulas and islands.

      Apart from the wine industry, aquaculture, agriculture and tourism play an important role in the local economy.

      Southland

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      Southland is New Zealand’s most southerly region and includes the World Heritage ranked Fiordland National Park.

      The region's only city Invercargill offers a relaxed pace of life with wide streets, little traffic, spacious parks and gardens, striking Victorian and Edwardian architecture and impressive sporting facilities including New Zealand’s first indoor velodrome. Southland's location is such that views of Aurora Australis or the Southern Lights are common.

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New Zealand English

New Zealand English or Kiwi English (A slang term we’ll mention later!) is the most spoken of the three official languages of New Zealand. The other two being Maori and New Zealand sign language. Much like the cultural make-up of the country, New Zealand’s speech is a melting pot with influences from all over the world.
The main components of New Zealand English come from British English, with elements from Scottish (Specifically in the Southlands), Irish, Australian and even American English. However, as the Northern European and Maori cultures in New Zealand started to merge into a collective, national identity, some loan words from the Maori language have begun to see use.

Borrowed Words

The Maori language or Te Reo Maori is widely used to name the abundant flora and fauna found on the island. A notable example is the Kiwi bird, the small flightless bird that has become a national symbol. The Kiwi bird is the origin for the slang term “Kiwi” meaning New Zealander or from New Zealand. Maori loan words are being used more often now than ever. Not to replace their English counterparts, but to diversify New Zealand’s constantly evolving language.
Other notable Maori loan words would be, “kai” (food), iwi (tribe), whanau (family) and waka (a canoe or boat). A dominant language, like English, rarely borrows words from a less dominant language like Maori, but in New Zealand that is undoubtedly the case; and it’s not just from the Maori language! Terms like “Gung ho” meaning over-enthusiastic are from Chinese settlers, along with other words like “Ketchup”. The Scottish term “wee” meaning small has also been adopted but mainly in the Southlands province.

Kiwi Slang

Like its cousin language, Australian English, Kiwi English has a fascinating approach to slang terms that often leaves non-New Zealanders extremely confused. This heavy slang usage combined with the Kiwi accent can even leave British English speakers scratching their heads.
A highly versatile example would be the term “chur”, this word is a compounding of “Cheers” meaning “thank you” but can be used to show agreement, thanks, greetings and goodbyes. Other examples of compounding would be the word “jandals” the Kiwi word for flip-flops. This word combines “Japanese” and “sandals” to describe the style of footwear.

“Sweet as” “Mint” and “Preemo” all mean “good” or “no problem” with the word “as” often being added for emphasis (“fast as” “mean as”).
New Zealand has many rural and rugged areas that are hard to reach. A kiwi may refer to these as the “wop wops” meaning “in the middle of nowhere”. It’s origin is relatively hard to trace, but it may be an old reference to how difficult it was to say place names in Maori or Australian Aboriginal languages. Either way, it’s a great phrase!

“She’ll be right.” Is slang for “no problem” or “It’ll be ok” and doesn’t need the context of talking about a woman.
Due to the laid back, casual nature of many Kiwis, you may hear people referring to each other as “Cuz” “Mate” or “Bro”, but you should reserve this for friends only. Culturally, the friendly, welcoming Kiwis might struggle to tell people no, which could explain the reason for the diluted and uncertain “Yeah Nah” meaning “No” and “Nah Yeah” meaning “Yes”. Strange, but brilliantly unique Kiwi slang.

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