Kiwi kids write to Santa in record numbers
As the last of Santa's responses to Kiwi kids start arriving in letterboxes around the country, it's been confirmed that a record number of them wrote to Santa Claus this year.
New Zealand Post spokesman Michael Tull says close to 140,000 Kiwi kids will have received a response from the big guy in red this year.
That shatters last year's record - when 121,000 children corresponded with Mr Claus.
Not only have Kiwi kids been in record-breaking form writing to Santa, they’ve out-done the Aussies.
Australia Post announced earlier this month that they expected to receive a total of 120,000 letters to Father Christmas this year.
"Australia may have five times our population, but they don’t foot it with us in putting pen to paper to Santa," Michael Tull said today, in a good natured jibe at our trans-Tasman neighbours.
"I mean it's not a competition. But if it were, Kiwi kids would have won, hands down. First the All Blacks beating the Wallabies at the World Cup, then the Black Caps knocking the Aussies over in Hobart, now this!
"On a per-capita basis Australia would need to get 736,000 letters from Santa to force a tie-breaker.
"New Zealand Post is pleased to have been able to host the elves who helped make this a record breaking Christmas. We extend our sincere thanks to them, to St Nick and to New Zealand Post folks around the country who helped get the Santa mail through,” Michael Tull said.