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CultureShock! New Zealand by Peter Oettli

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‘I have been listening to New Zealand speech all my working life... there are no regional variations and dialects. There is also no class differentiation. The casual and fluent racegoer who chats you up in the stand is as likely to be your dustman as your banker.’

—Ian Gordon, A Word in Your Ear

 

 

 

 

 

ONE OF THE EFFECTS of the two peoples living together has been on the English spoken in New Zealand. The Maori kia ora (hello) is now a fairly common greeting, even though not so long ago there was an uproar in the press when a Maori telephone ...

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