Story: Speech and accent

Fush & chups

Fush & chups

The pronunciation of the KIT vowel clearly distinguishes New Zealanders from Australians. This vowel is famously expressed in the different way New Zealanders and Australians pronounce 'fish and chips' – a fast-food dish common in both countries. It is commonly claimed that New Zealanders say 'fush and chups' and Australians say 'feesh and cheeps'. This 2009 cartoon refers to a survey conducted by the BBC in the United Kingdom, in which the New Zealand accent was rated as the most attractive and prestigious form of English outside the UK.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: DCDL-0012598
Cartoon by Mark Winter (Chicane)

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How to cite this page:

Elizabeth Gordon, 'Speech and accent - Features of the New Zealand accent', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Elizabeth Gordon, published 5 Sep 2013