In 1896 Edward Ellis Morris of the University of Melbourne wrote to New Zealand newspapers asking readers to send him evidence of new words peculiar to New Zealand English. As he noted in this letter, many of the new words he was aware of were Māori words which Pākehā were using in everyday speech. His call for assistance was successful and he published a comprehensive book of Australian and New Zealand English in 1898.
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Reference: Hawke's Bay Herald, 11 February 1896, p. 3
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