Sites on New Zealand Languages

English as spoken in New Zealand

This website provides a Beginner’s Guide to the Kiwi Language, full of lexical examples and sentences (including translations).

Origins of New Zealand English

Laurie Bauer of Victoria University of Wellington provides information on the origins of New Zealand English.

Dictionary of New Zealand English

The Dictionary Centre produces the New Zealand Oxford Dictionary – available online and in print (current version is dated 2005, edited by Tony Deverson and Graeme Kennedy).

New Zealand English slang

Short dictionary of NZ Slang but see also another short list here.

Words of Māori origin used in New Zealand English

This website documents the study of words from Māori which are used by New Zealanders (maintained by Andreea Calude, University of Waikato).

New Zealand Picture Book project

This website details information about an ongoing project analysing the language of NZ picture-books (maintained by Nicola Daly, University of Waikato).

Journal Te Reo

Read the latest articles from the Te Reo Journal, from the Linguistics Society of New Zealand.

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Become a Society member

As a member of the Linguistic Society of New Zealand, you will be part of a growing community of NZ linguists, as well as receive benefits including eligibility to present your research the annual conference.

Conference 2024 (University of Canterbury)

Linguistic Society of New Zealand

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