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Santa's Slipup: Host/Havas' Very Merry Mistake

Santa's Slipup: Host/Havas' Very Merry Mistake

Natasha Smith

Natasha Smith

December 21, 2017

When Santa simply can’t understand the accent in New Zealand, Christmas wish lists get lost in translation.

Christmas wish lists make for merry mishaps in this clever new holiday spot from Air New Zealand. Host/Havas manages to highlight the major differences between the ways Australians and the “Kiwis” pronounce their words.

Santa simply can’t understand the regional accent—and that leads to all kinds of quirky gifts for kids who’ve worked hard to get on the nice list.

But Air New Zealand’s cabin crew manages to save the day—decoding the Kiwi accent for Santa and his elves.

“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,” said Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod.

As a part of a fun social media activation, Air New Zealand is giving away Santa’s toy mishaps during the month of December.

Watch the spot, and have a very “Mirry Christmus!”

Christmas wish lists make for merry mishaps in this clever new holiday spot from Air New Zealand. Host/Havas manages to highlight the major differences between the ways Australians and the “Kiwis” pronounce their words.

Santa simply can’t understand the regional accent—and that leads to all kinds of quirky gifts for kids who’ve worked hard to get on the nice list.

But Air New Zealand’s cabin crew manages to save the day—decoding the Kiwi accent for Santa and his elves.

“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,” said Air New Zealand Chief Marketing and Customer Officer Mike Tod.

As a part of a fun social media activation, Air New Zealand is giving away Santa’s toy mishaps during the month of December.

Watch the spot, and have a very “Mirry Christmus!”

Natasha Smith is the strategic communications manager for Havas Group. She happily represents 404 in the 212.

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