UNDERSTANDING KIWI CULTURE

Learn the difference between your kai and your kia

Understanding Kiwi Culture

We are quite certain that you will very quickly realise that kiwis are extremely relaxed, but there are a few social guidelines you may not be familiar with.

We are quite certain that you will very quickly realise that kiwis are extremely relaxed, but there are a few social guidelines you may not be familiar with.

1. Never sit on a surface used for preparing or eating food.
2. Keep to the left when walking on a footpath.
3. Kiwis are very friendly, don’t be afraid to smile or say a quick “hello” to passers-by.
4. Kiwis are used to wide-open spaces. We recommend respecting each other’s bubbles, so make the most of all the extra space.
5. Part of the kiwi charm is a great sense of humour which usually comes in the form of extreme sarcasm. Don’t take anything too seriously!

Maori Language – Travel edition

Te reo (Te reh-oh) – The Maori language
Kiaora (Key ah-aura) – Hello
Morena (More-ren-ah) – Good Morning
Nō… au (Nor… Oh) – I’m from…
Ka kite anō (Car key-te ah-nor) – See you again
Ka pai! (car pie) – Good work!
Aotearoa (Ah-or-te-ah-raw-ah) – New Zealand
Haere mai (High-reh my) – Welcome
Kei te pai (Kay te pie) – You’re welcome
Kai (Kah ee) – Food
Kia mihi (Key ah mi-he) – Thank you