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Old 10-28-2018, 08:15 PM
 
Location: NSW
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my impression having lived and worked there was that the kiwi accent is stronger in the north island as that is where most maoris live , maoris have their own accent and its very strong .
Very similar with the indigenous folk here, they have a distinct accent as well.
Although they are not as numerous in the big cities to hear it as often as one would in NZ. (and we have lots of Maoris and Pacific Islanders living in Oz, so know what you are talking about).
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Old 10-29-2018, 02:30 PM
 
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Very similar with the indigenous folk here, they have a distinct accent as well.
Although they are not as numerous in the big cities to hear it as often as one would in NZ. (and we have lots of Maoris and Pacific Islanders living in Oz, so know what you are talking about).
my boss in canterbury didnt have an especially strong kiwi accent at all , nor did any of my work mates from canterbury , i just assumed the maori accent would rub off on pakeha in the north island and a more typical kiwi accent would result .

perhaps im entirely wrong ?
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Old 10-29-2018, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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my boss in canterbury didnt have an especially strong kiwi accent at all , nor did any of my work mates from canterbury , i just assumed the maori accent would rub off on pakeha in the north island and a more typical kiwi accent would result .

perhaps im entirely wrong ?
There's a bit of a class element to pakeha accents, as well as rural/urban divide.. Canterbury has a lot of general NZ accents. People that grow up around Maori, tend to have a somewhat Maori accent.

My accent is regarded as strongly rural. I remember getting taunted by an Aussie girlfriend's friends, over my pronunciation of cinnamon - I ran from the room in tears...... I ran so far away.
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Old Today, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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The American/Canadian analogy is pretty apt. Jamaican/Trinidadian would work too.
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