Used in place of mate, man, or dude, you'll hear Kiwis pepper their sentences with this word.
As in: " Hey bro, how are you?" "I'm good, bro!"
"Choice" can be used to mean sweet, great, excellent, awesome, fantastic, or similar.
Tu meke/too much
What does tu meke mean? The literal translation from Māori is ‘too much’. It's a way of expressing gratitude for generous acts, for example when someone has made your day with a small gesture you might thank them with tu meke.
As in: “Let me grab you a beer from the fridge." "Ah tu meke, bro!"
Another word for sausage. A barbecue is a standard way of socialising in New Zealand, so it's common to hear someone suggest "throwing some snags on the barbie".
Togs is the Kiwi word for swimmers or swimsuit. When heading to the beach in summer, togs and jandals (flip flops) are essential items.
Kiwis love yarns - that is, they love a friendly chat. To have a yarn simply means to have a conversation.
Spinning yarns usually means there is some degree of exaggeration involved.
Dag has two meanings. When you hear someone say "he's such a dag" it means a quirky or funny person who is a bit of a character.
For sheep farmers, dag also refers to matted wool hanging from the hindquarters of a sheep.
A person who is funny or known for outrageous behaviour.
As in: "He's hard-case that Matt. Such a joker."
Another word for toilet.
This is an interjection that can mean "wow" or "awesome", or be used to express surprise and awe.