Story: English language in New Zealand


Many new words have been generated in the form of abbreviations and acronyms – especially from the names of government agencies. Work and Income, the employment and income support division of the Ministry of Social Development, was previously and widely known as WINZ, an abbreviation of Work and Income New Zealand. Listen to linguist Elizabeth Gordon talk about this and other acronyms, all of which require local knowledge if they are to be understood.

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Dianne Bardsley, 'English language in New Zealand - Characteristics of New Zealand English', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2021)

Story by Dianne Bardsley, published 5 Sep 2013