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New Zealand Jokes


New Zealand Jokes

Jokes in New Zealand

New Zealand is a nation that is cut off geographically from a large portion of the rest of the world.


Though predominantly European in ancestry, New Zealanders are also made up of a large number of Polynesians, Asians, and Maori. It is therefore not surprising that this situation should lead to a humor that is often based on the newcomer attempting to integrate themselves into the new country.

The intermixed waves of British, Maori, Polynesian, mainland European, Asian, and Indian that have made their home in


New Zealand each view the land and one another in various ways, and the humor of the country have as a focal point the humor generated by these differences.

Minority group comedians such as Jacob Rajan and Raybon Kan often make use of these diversities in their acts. In New Zealand, unlike in the United Kingdom, the word “Asian“ means those are of Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, etc. descent.

Those who are from India, Fiji, the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan, etc. are usually called Indians.

The agricultural and remote nature of New Zealand is also a common catalyst for comedy, especially the famous ratio between sheep and people in the nation.

The backwoods, pioneering spirit is also a common source of comedy.


There are Fred Dagg as the stereotypical farmer and Barry Crump, the New Zealand writer famous for his yarns.
But the most typical butt of humor among the Kiwis are the Australians (and the other way around).


This is true even at the highest level of diplomacy.

When asked to comment on the ever rising number of New Zealanders moving to seek employment in


Australia in the 1980s, then New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon said that this action would help boost the average IQ of both nations.


Australians, in general terms, are stereotyped in the humor of New Zealand as being boorish, brash, lazy and more than a bit stupid.

In return, New Zealanders, are viewed by Australians as being stupid, dull, and ridiculed as 'South Seas Poms' because of their allegedly closer relationship with the U.K. The slang word for the people of Britain by the Australians and New Zealanders is 'pom' (short for “pomigrants”, a term used for those from the U.K. whose faces turn as red as the inside of a pomegranate fruit as soon as they land on New Zealand or Australian soil).

There is a huge amount of mostly crude jokes about sheep. In keeping with thebiiter rivalry of trans-Tasman, Australians make quips about New Zealanders, and New Zealanders make quips about Australians.

New Zealand Jokes

The English, then again, make sheep jokes about the Welsh.


A few sheep jokes also take into account the dissimilarity in accent.

In one such joke, a farmer who is engaging in unnatural activities with a sheep is questioned if he wouldn’t want to be shearing the sheep instead. He vehemently replies that he is not shearing the sheep with anyone.

In this instance, “shearing” is taken to be the enunciation of the term sharing said in a New Zealand accent, as some New Zealanders pronounce that words “sharing” and “shearing” the same way.



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