Air New Zealand has struck comedic gold with a hilarious Christmas advertisement poking fun at their tricky accent.
The three-minute advert, titled ‘A Very Merry Mistake’, starts with a bilingual Santa taking a phone call from Ling Ling in Chinese – who kindly asks for a teddy bear.
But when the clock ticks over to New Zealand time, Santa answers the phone to a young Kiwi boy named Edam (Adam) who asks him for a new beard (bed).
Passing on the strange order to the elves in his workshop, Santa fields a range of hilarious calls – shedding light on some of the more humorous mispronunciations.
A hilarious New Zealand Christmas advert pokes fun at the country’s tricky accent. Edam (Adam) asks Santa for a new beard (bed)
Tum (Tom) asks for a puggy bank (piggy bank), Bin (Ben) says he wants a biscuit ball (basketball), while another child wants a book of magic trucks (tricks).
An exasperated elf storms into the room when Santa says he needs a a bug-screen (big screen) TV, shouting: ‘What in the father Christmas is going on here? Hmm?’
‘We seem to be having some trouble with the Kiwi accent,’ Santa sighs.
Three Air New Zealand cabin crew arrive to help translate the requests.
‘Understanding Kiwi is easy as. A’s are E’s, E’s are I’s, I’s are U’s and O’s are O’s. O’s are always O’s, and U’s are usually U’s,’ a hostess explains.
‘But U’s could also mean like all of ‘youse’, like how come youse don’t understand what I’m saying,’ she adds.
Kiwi children ask Santa for a puggy bank, biscuit ball, bug-screen TV and book of magic trucks
An exasperated elf storms out of the workshop after Santa asks for a bug-screen TV
‘While it is no secret the Kiwi accent has been misunderstood at times, it is also a signature part of our service,’ Air New Zealand chief marketing officer Mike Tod said.
‘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.’
Last year the airline received international praise for its Christmas advert, which showed Ronan Keating taking musical direction from a 14-year-old boy while recording a Kiwi version of Winter Wonderland.
Three Air New Zealand cabin crew arrive to help translate the requests and explain the intricacies of the Kiwi accent