'As Quirky as Kiwi'
Kids, too, are permitted some imaginative latitude. And quite a few junior schools are civvy schools.
The ‘pants off the ground’ adolescent boys’ style does not cut it for this gran! But some of the fashions are divine. Makes me want to be A SASSY 20 again ! Though I still enjoy my bit of 'mature flair' and love fingerless gloves in the Winter!
NZ is bound by The Treaty of Waitangi, which makes it unique with a Bi-cultural society – defined by Maori and everyone else, (referred to as ‘The Crown’); the majority being Pakeha (NZ Europeans), Pasifikas (People who hail from the
In the same way that others can’t always understand how we South Africans tick; one can’t always fathom the Kiwi head space. Kiwis seem to have paradoxical persona's – some seem quite reserved, and others have an outrageous sense of humour. One area where we can all take a leaf from the Kiwi’s book is their unprejudiced stance about disability, or anything unusual from the norm. Kiwis are PC, big -hearted, generous and compassionate. There’re always exceptions to the rule, but these are the Kiwis I’ve seen and worked with. This also applies to the education system, where many children with disabilities are accommodated in mainstream schools (Inclusive Education). We can also all take a leaf out of their book about DIY, hard work at the 'coal face', equity and egalitarianism. Women drive buses and operate forklifts and the ‘postie’ could well be married to a brain surgeon. Also people often refer to their spouse as 'my partner'... which can be pretty confusing pertaining to the gender of the partner.
The lingo still entertains and baffles me. You 'shout' a mate a coffee and you 'gift' someone. If you’re comical, you’re called a ‘dag’. ‘Naff off’ is get lost, ‘flash’ is good and a ‘hissy fit’ is a tantrum, while ‘get off the grass’ means stop pulling my leg! If you’re happy, you’re ‘a box of birds’, an idiot fast driver is a ‘hoon’ and anything awesome is ‘sweet as’. And you never say goodbye, just ‘see ya later’ - even to strangers.
And best not to ‘root’ for anyone. It has a sexual connotation I discovered the other day.
' Hi Jack'.
Kiwis are animal mad. Dogs trail along to every park, beach or
outdoor function, the owner taking a ‘poop bag’ along to scoop
up any evidence.
Last year they had a state funeral for Mocha,
the amiable dolphin from Gisborne,
who used to frolic in the ocean with
the locals. And recently they
rescued ‘Happy Feet’ the
Emperor Penguin, who has
been operated on and will
be returned to the Antarctic
once he has
It’s astounding the way Kiwis go through winter; some in sandals and T shirts, while I’m donned in jacket and scarf. They’re fitness fanatics (Aside from the hefty ones and the smokers). You see parents jogging, pushing their toddlers in pushchairs though the drizzle. Come Summer, Kiwis go even wilder; embracing the elements, swimming, sharing fish and chips on the beach, sailing, and just celebrating a hundred ‘crazy as’ Kiwi ways.
|KIWI SLANG WORDS |
to arrange something
across the ditch
food (from the Maori word for eating)
NZ flightless native bird
“ladies, a plate”
please bring a dish of food to share
outdoor toilet built over a hole in ground
buddy, close friend
a gravel road surface
hot chocolate drink
small holiday home in Southland
mini supermarket / convenience store
[acronym] Overseas Experience
cold or flu
minor accident, car damage
pavlova, NZ iconic dessert
take a look
pushing up daisies
flat stick, flat tack
as fast as possible
rough as guts
shark and taties
fish and chips
two consecutive weeks
she'll be right
everything will be ok
half heartedly, poorly performed
break, rest period
traditional Maori earth oven
figure something out
joker, comedian, witty person
utility vehicle, small pickup truck
throw a tantrum
isolated area of land
hot water bottle