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Learn Your New Zealand Slang Before You See HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure.

Before you see HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE in cinemas, we need to teach you a thing or two. New Zealand has a pretty special way of communicating, and we are here to give you the low-down so you can be the skuxx-edst egg in the cinema, bro.

Bach – A holiday home (pronounced ‘batch’)
Box of budgies – Cheerful, happy, very good
Boy-racer – Young hoon in fast car with a loud stereo|
Bro – Brother or good friend
Bun-fight – Party with food
Chilly bin – Esky
Chuffed – Pleased
Chur – Thanks/Cool/Sweet
Crib – South Islanders refer to a Bach as a Crib
Cuzzie or Cuz – Cousin. Can also be used instead of “Bro”
Dairy – Corner Store

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Doing the ton – Doing 100mph in a car
Duvet – Doona
Eh – When you’re not asking a question, but providing a statement that you want confirmation on, for example: “it’s raining tomorrow, eh”
Eh? – What? Pronounced “ay”
Frenchie – Condom
Gawk – Stare
GC – Good Chap
Gizza – “Give us a…”
Haka – Maori war dance
Hangi – Traditional style of Maori cooking (pronounced ‘hah-ngee’)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hard Bro – Said when agreeing with someone
Hard Case – Funny person
Hard Out – I totally agree
L&P – Lemon & Paeroa, lemonade style soft drink.
Long Drop  – Small outhouse over a pit
Not Even – Not true
Ow – Gives a phrase being used more emphasis
Pack a sad – Sad
Pakaru – Broken (pronounced ‘pah-kah-roo’)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Pakeha – Non-Maori person (pronounced ‘pah-ke-hah’)
Plod – Policeman
Rark up – Tell someone off
Skux – A really cool person who is skilled in attracting the opposite sex. Basically swag. Usually male.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Sweet As – Cool
Takeaways – Fast food
The Boonies – Middle of nowhere
Thong – G-String
Togs – Swimsuit
Tramping – Hiking
Tu Meke – Good job (pronounced ‘too meh-keh’)
Waka – Maori Canoe (pronounced ‘wah-kah’)
Walkshorts – Dressy shorts for men
Wop-Wops – Middle of nowhere
Yeah, nah bro – No
You alright? – How are you?



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