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The Oxford Dictionary of New Zealandisms

Tony Deverson


noun 1 (also boil) an act of making tea (especially outdoors in a billy).

2 a (typically Māori) dish in which root vegetables and pūhā are boiled with pork or bacon bones (see also pork and pūhā); a meat and vegetable stew. • verb (boil up) make tea (outdoors).

2001 dominion The idea was that he’d be a role model for Maori, showing them the good effects of being a ‘good old Maori boy who likes a boil up’.