New Zealand English

New Zealand is situated over 1,500 km SE of Australia, but was largely settled via Australia and was for some years administered by the British from Australia. Also, New Zealand was settled largely by people from Britain (as was Australia), although the mixture of individuals was of course different. Under such circumstances, it is perhaps not surprising that there are similarities between the way English is pronounced in Australia and New Zealand, but there are also differences. In describing the pronunciation of English in New Zealand, we draw attention to differences with Australian pronunciation, and the variation that is found within New Zealand English.

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