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281 Karangahape Rd Auckland

Dianne Bardsley

New Zealand Words


This elegant, expert, and utterly up-to-date book contains over 1,500 samples from New Zealand’s distinctive vocabulary.

The informative introduction examines the development of New Zealand English, the distinctive influence of the Māori language, and the connections between society, the media, and our language. The author traces the origins of ‘New Zealandisms’ – from politics, food, sports, and recreation to common and colloquial sources.

Specially illustrated by the artist John Reynolds, with works from his masterpiece Cloud and all-new page art, the Book of New Zealand Words is a ‘box of birds’ for anyone interested in words.