Just like we have a Filipino accent, so do the Kiwis. For a while I struggled to understand what they say; I'm getting there. But it's all good, as Wellington is truly a multicultural city and it helps that it is such a friendly community too! (Plus, it's not only me who struggles with the accent).
Incidentally, other cultures such as Pacific Islanders and also the Maori lend a unique blend into it all. It makes for such interesting interactions. To illustrate my point, here are some local TV commercials.
Aside from the accent, this commercial also depicts the friendly banter happening between NZ Australia.
YouTube suggested other commercials and I found this hilarious (not necessarily on topic though!)
and... back on topic!