How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?

I've been told that the people here speak English, but it's hard to be certain since many New Zealanders are extremely soft-spoken. Also, the local patois involves adding “i.e." to the end of words: breakfast becomes brekkie, presents become prezzies, etc. - Mar 2016


That's the great thing about New Zealand / Australia! - Apr 2015


They speak English! Though at times I swear it must be another language. - Aug 2011


English is widely spoken in NZ. - Aug 2008


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