Posted by: Liz | July 15, 2008

“Sweet As” in Aotearoa

Kia Ora (Maori greeting – ‘hello’) from Auckland!

Matt and I are learning several Kiwi expressions. Our favorite so far is “sweet as.” The phrase simply means: no worries, no problem, everything is all right.

Living in Aotearoa (Maori name for New Zealand – ‘land of the long white cloud’) is sweet as so far. Yesterday, our new friend Charles (Melissa’s British backpacker buddy) picked us up in his car and took us all around Auckland. It was great to see the city from a local’s point of view. We climbed up One Tree Hill, a grass-covered volcanic peak, and caught some pretty breathtaking sites of Auckland and the surrounding harbours.

Following our quick jaunt around town, Charles drove us to Mission Bay where Matt and I enjoyed our first “good-food” meal. Not that we were concerned about the food in New Zealand, but the Mussels we shared with Charles in Mission Bay were damn tasty!

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in Auckland. Tomorrow morning we depart for a 6-8 days bus tour of the North Island. We were hesitant to jump aboard a “pre-paid” tour but the trip seems to be sweet as!


  1. It sounds like you two are having a wonderful time. Can’t wait to heard all the stories and see all the pictures. Continue to have a sweet as time. Just remember, you have to come home!
    Love you bunches

  2. Dear Counsel,

    The thirty (30) day extension to respond to Defendant’s First Set of Interrogatories to Plaintiff is sweet as.

    Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Very truly yours (and very missing you guys, but happy to take a daily break on your blog),

    Kevin C. Rasp, Esq.

  3. “Sweet As” I love it! I might have to start using that around these parts. I’m kind of getting tired of my “No Worries” and this is the perfect substitute. I’m off to New York this weekend for my own life adventure. I love you both and can’t wait to catch you on IM again. 🙂

  4. ohhhh, sweet as. I do remember the first couple times I thought they were saying “sweet ass” so that was a nice wake up call. I never picked that phrase up, but it’s so common!

    Next new phrase to use: “Good on ya, mate!”

    Post photos!! SO glad you had fun with Charles.

    Love you,

  5. Sad that you guys won’t be joining us at the Microbrewers Festival this weekend, but loving the daily posts!

    We might steal your idea and start a blog of our own soon–upcoming events like Lollapalooza, the multitude of weddings (including the Zawisza/Cornell wedding!) and the ’08 football season may necessitate a place for us to keep all of our stories and photos!

    Gwyn & Tony

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