TRAVEL QUIZ ANSWERS: Can you speak Kiwi?

27 01 2008

1. B. Slip-slop-slap means to put on sunblock (a MUST in New Zealand);

Watties is the beloved tomatoe sauce of New Zealand- don’t call it ketchup

2. TRUE: A waka is a Maori war canoe

3. Brekkie= Breakfast

Rellies= Relatives

Mozzies= Mosquitos

Sammie= Sandwich

Chocka= Chock full of

Pokies= Poker Machines

Uni= University

Sunnies= Sunglasses

Brill= Brilliant

Krissy Pressy= Christmas Present

4. POMS are from England: “Prisoners Of Her Majesty”

5. Kia Ora= Hello in the Maori language

I’m a Box of Fluffies= Box of Birds= Supergreat! Doing Fantastic!

ABF= About Bloody Fine= Doing Pretty Well

Piss= Beer

6. Togs= Swimsuits

7. Haka. The All Blacks are the National Rugby team and before each game do a very intimidating Maori war dance known as the Haka.

8. F; Paua is a New Zealand abalone, and Marmite is the fermented meat yeast spread.

9. Heaps= A whole lot of

Dodgy= sketchy, shady

Muppets= idiots

Hangi= Traditional Maori dinner cooked in the earth

10. Jandels= Flip-flops

Hundreds and Thousands= Candy Sprinkles

Biscuits= Cookies

Capsicum= Bell Pepper

Jelly= Jello

Bin Liners= Trash Bags

Kumaras= New Zealand Sweet Potato

Gummies= Gumboots= Hardcore Waterproof Farming/Ranching Boots

11. Bach= One room vacation home/cabin

Wop-Wops= In the middle of nowhere

12. False- they are coffee drinks:

Short Black= Espresso

Long Black= Espresso with a little hot water (like a strong americano)

Flat White= Like a strong Latte with less foam

13. Tiki Tour= Headed out roaming, no real plans or itinerary

Chilly Bin= Ice Chest/Cooler

Tuis= A popular New Zealand ale, named after a native bird

Keas= The world’s only Alpine Parrot, found near Milford Sound and known as the “cheeky kea” for its overt personality and destructive tendencies (eating hiking boots and weather stripping from cars)

14. Right Joe= Fool

Piker= Someone who backs out at the last minute

Hard Case= A real character, someone with a lot of personality

JAFA= Just another freakin’ Aucklander

15. Big Smoke= Auckland

OE= Overseas Experience, a right of passage for young Kiwis



0-5: What are ya? Get to New Zealand right away!
6-10: Choice. Work on the accent and she’ll be right.
11-15: Sweet As! You deserve a chocolate fish and a Steinlager.
Good on ya, mate!

What are ya?= Are you stupid, are you crazy, are you mad?

Choice= Cool

She’ll be right= Everything will work out fine

Sweet As!= Very Cool, like “Sweet as pie!” Also: hot as, tired as, funny as…etc.

You deserve a chocolate fish= Kudos to you, job well done (also used sarcastically)

Steinlager= Unoffical beer of the Southern Island and the “Southern Man”

Good on ya, mate= Universal “way to go, thanks, cheers”


TRAVEL QUIZ: Can you speak Kiwi?

26 01 2008

The rugged isolation and incredible natural beauty of Aotearoa are perfectly complemented by the laid back, inclusive vibe of the New Zealanders.  The mélange of native Maori traditions, British influence, and a good dose of shoulder rubbing (and ribbing) with the Aussies has created a culture quite unique in the world.  This is most obvious whenever Kiwis open their mouths.

Keep track of your answers and come back tomorrow for the answers, your score, and one more reason to go to New Zealand!

1. You are at a barbeque at Piha beach and your mate Jaime says you’d better
slip-slop-slap. Quick, grab the:
A. dog’s leash
B. Wattie’s tomatoe sauce
C. sunblock
D. ice cream spoons

2. True or False: You would find a waka in the water.

3. Like Aussies, New Zealanders love to abbreviate. Can you translate these popular words?

Krissy Pressy

4. If you are a POM, where do you live?

5. You overhear this conversation at a pub on Cuba Street in Wellington:

“Kia Ora, how’re you going?”
“I’m a box of fluffies, mate, a box of birds, and I’ll be ABF when I can get some piss!”

Should you notify security?

6. You wear your togs to dinner at SkyCity in Auckland. Why is everyone laughing?

7. Before the start of each rugby game the All Blacks do the _____________.

8. Which is NOT a popular food in the Land of the Long White Cloud?
A. Lime milk
B. Bean sandwiches
C. Paua fritter                            *BONUS*   What is a paua?
D. Spaghetti for breakfast
E. Concentrated meat yeast       *BONUS*   What is the name of this spread?
F. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

9. You arrive with your friends in Rotorua and there are heaps of dodgy muppets at the Hangi. Are you good as gold?

10. You are shopping at the Otara market for your Maori friend Steve who has given you a list of things to buy.  What do you need?

Red jandels
Hundreds and thousands
Three Capsicum
Strawberry Jelly
Bin Liners
One pound of kumaras

11. You have been invited to your cousin’s bach in the wop-wops. Do you pack an evening gown?

12. True or False: A long black, short black, and flat white are types of sheep.

13. You and your friends are headed out for a tiki tour and have a chilly bin. Do you fill it with Tuis or Keas?

14. You are all roped up to bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown and at the last minute you chicken out and can’t do it.  This makes you a:
a. Right Joe
b. Piker
c. Hard Case

15. Your flatmate Ian is leaving the Big Smoke for his OE.  Will he take a bus or a plane?

Come back tomorrow for the answers and your score!