Amazon has revealed New Zealand prices for its smart speaker and some of its Kiwi “skills”.

The Echo comes in three versions. The Echo ($179) is the standard unit, while the Dot ($89) has all the smarts but only a tiny speaker and is designed to be connected to a stereo or bluetooth speaker. The Echo Plus ($269) is taller, has a better speaker and includes tech that makes it easy to set up a smart home.

It’s system Alexa has even learned a few Kiwi things. From the names of our sports teams, our place names to even a little bit of Te Reo Māori. Alexa also now knows jandals, thongs and flip flops are the same things, and it can also tell Kiwi-specific jokes and knows about hokey-pokey ice cream.

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