New Zealand English

New Zealand English (NZE) is a variety of English which is close to Australian English in pronunciation but has several subtle differences often overlooked by people from outside these countries.

Some of these differences show New Zealand English to have more affinity with the English of southern England than Australian English does whilst others indicate the influence of the local Maori speech. In pronunciation NZE shares sounds with both Australian English, South African English and also with Scottish English influences (possibly as a result of the many Scottish settlers who arrived in New Zealand).

In spelling, NZE follows closely with BrE.

Many words for local fauna and flora have been taken from the Maori. This also applies to place names.


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