Munted is the kiwi slang term that became well known when we had our 7.1 magnitude Canterbury Earthquake in 2010 and the 6.3 magnitude Christchurch Earthquake in February 2011. Christchurch was so broken and damaged that the word munted got bantered around and used a lot. Everything was munted! Buildings, houses, roads and lots of the infrastructure.
Some very clever entrepreneurs made t-shirts with the words ‘munted‘. We had some Facebook pages using this phrase as their title too. The word became a very common saying and it made people laugh and see the funny side of such a horrible time. If you didn’t laugh you would cry, so it was essential to keep a positive mood over the years of the earthquakes and aftershocks.
As a photographer I’ve always had a passion for creative art and recently I have started to feature some Kiwiana digital prints with sayings, words, phrases and colloquialisms in my Etsy store.
If you’re a home sick Kiwi living abroad, my artwork may just be an ideal solution for a dose of New Zealand artwork to decorate your home or office.