Watch: Air New Zealand pokes fun at Kiwi accent in cheeky Christmas campaign

Air New Zealand has launched a tongue-in-cheek Christmas campaign film, poking fun at the Kiwi accent.

'A Very Merry Mistake' shows Santa struggling to understand a series of unusual Christmas present requests from New Zealand children. The kids ask for everything from 'biscuitballs' (basketballs) to 'puggy banks' (piggy banks), and more beyond.

Overhearing these requests, an elf marches into Santa's office to explain the mistake, leading Saint Nick to call in the help of the Air New Zealand cabin crew.

The airline's chief marketing and customer officer Mike Tod said the carrier wanted to celebrate the festive season in a unique way.

Tod said: "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."

PR for the campaign is handled by London agency Diffusion.


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