New Zealanders have distinctive accents which set them apart from people living in other English-speaking countries. There are also differences within New Zealand, based mainly on region, class and race. Arch Acker's book New Zild and how to speak it (1966) is a light-hearted 'dictionary' of the way some New Zealanders pronounced certain words and phrases at the time it was written. It opens with 'Air gun?' – a humorous pronunciation of the common colloquial greeting 'how are you going?'.
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Reference: Arch Acker, New Zild and how to speak it. Wellington: A. H. Reed & A. W. Reed, 1967.
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