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Nek Minnit (alternatively Negg Minute or Nek Minute) is a video clip of New Zealand street skater Levi Hawken talking about a broken scooter in a heavy, faked accent.
The clip comes from Colin Evans’ independent skate film “South in your Mouth”
The film premiered on November 26th, 2010 at the Hollywood 3 in Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand.
The clip of Levi with a faux accent was first uploaded to YouTube as “Negg Minute” on May 8th 2011.
Left my scooter outside the dairy. Nek Minute… destroyed scooter laying on the ground
It was reuploaded by phillyfan06 as Nek Minute on August 16, 2011. This version of the video has 100,000+ more views than the original.
Levi Hawken is well known in New Zealand for “hill bombing” using a normal skateboard, instead of using the typical longboard for this technique. A short documentary of Levi Hawken’s personal life and skating career was featured on Auckland’s edition of 20/20 on June 23, 2011.
The phrase’s popularity spread through New Zealand and then worldwide through social media outlets Facebook and Twitter. People were using “Nek Minute" as a way to tell a story, emphasizing the surprise or disappointment of an action, similar to “…But then I was like”.
On Twitter, hashtags for both #NekMinnit and #NekMinute appeared, with the former becoming a trending topic in New Zealand.