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Santa Tries to Decipher Kiwi kids' Christmas Requests in New Spot for Air NZ via Host/Havas

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In the clip, Santa's helpers - Air New Zealand's Cabin Crew - come to the big man's aid providing some much-needed translation skills

Santa Tries to Decipher Kiwi kids' Christmas Requests in New Spot for Air NZ via Host/Havas
Air New Zealand has poked fun at the Kiwi accent with a heart-warming new video via Host/Havas out today of Santa taking calls from Kiwi kids keen to tell him what they want under the tree this Christmas.

'A Very Merry Mistake' shows Santa trying to decipher a number of unusual requests from New Zealand children which have been lost in translation including everything from biscuitballs (basketballs) and puggy banks (piggy banks) to bug screen TVs (big screen TVs) and a book of magic trucks (tricks).

Air New Zealand chief marketing and customer officer Mike Tod says the airline wanted to celebrate the festive season in a uniquely New Zealand way.

Says Tod: "While it's no secret the Kiwi accent has been misunderstood at times, it's also a signature part of our service.  In fact, for many Kiwis, being welcomed onboard an Air New Zealand flight by crew after being offshore for some time makes them feel instantly back at home.

"We wanted to celebrate the festive season and the Kiwi accent in a humorous and uniquely Air New Zealand way."

Says Miriam Meyerhoff, professor of linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington: "New Zealand English has had 150 years to go native. In that time, the short vowels have wandered and that's what makes it sound so distinctive - as the flight attendant in the video explains.  It's great to see Kiwis owning this distinctiveness and embracing it for comic effect."

Air New Zealand will be giving away some of Santa's mis-made toys shown in the video via its social media channels in December while those in New Zealand who book a flight on the Air New Zealand website between 4 and 22 December or via their travel agent can enter the draw to win $10,000 Airpoints Dollars.
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Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: FINCH VFX

Production Company

Director: Alex Roberts

DOP: Tim Tregoning

Executive Producer: Corey Esse

Producer: Amy Dymond

Production Company: FINCH

Production Designer: Bruce Everard

Media Agency

Media Agency: Dentsu Aegis Network


Edit Company: ARC Edit

Editor: James Ashbolt

Creative Agency

Chief Creative Officer: Darren Spiller

Creative Agency: Host/Havas

Executive Creative Director: Jon Austin

Group Account Directors: Oli Cassidy

Photographer: Matt Baker

Senior Account Director: Jo Thomasson

Senior Art Director: Jack Delmonte

Senior Copywriter: Hadleigh Sinclair


Advertiser: Air New Zealand

Host/Havas, Thu, 30 Nov 2017 04:26:50 GMT