Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Santa Ditches Telecom, Shacks Up with Ihug

Media release
December 15th, 2005

Santa Ditches Telecom, Shacks Up with Ihug

Telecom's 12 year direct line to Santa has been severed this year with ihug, New Zealand's second largest provider of ADSL broadband, shacking up with the jolly bearded man.

Instead of children having to call or email Santa with their wish list this Christmas, ihug has joined together with Christchurch companies TeleMessenger and Springdoo, to convince Santa to do the calling. All parents need to do is enter their phone number and children's names at and Santa does the rest. He even sends an email after the phone call with a voice recording of the child's wish list.

Ihug's chief executive Mark Rushworth says it's a fun way to spread a little Christmas cheer and shows people some of the exciting things that are possible with faster internet.

"My kids have already had their call from Santa and they got a real kick out of hearing their voices when he sent them an email with a recording of what they wanted for Christmas."

TeleMessenger launched SantaCall last year to demonstrate new interactive voice and data technology using the phone and Internet. Michael Mayell, TeleMessenger's director, says they were stoked when ihug offered to sponsor the site.

"SantaCall is a great way for kids to experience the magic of Christmas. We had thousands of calls last year and we really wanted to be able to provide the service for free again this year. Teaming up with ihug has helped keep SantaCall free and put smiles on the faces of children and their parents this Christmas."


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Voluntary Administration: Renaissance Brewing Up For Sale

Renaissance Brewing, the first local company to raise capital through equity crowdfunding, is up for sale after cash flow woes and product management issues led to the appointment of voluntary administrators. More>>


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>


Media Mega Merger: Full Steam Ahead For Appeal

New Zealand's two largest news publishers have confirmed they are committed to pursuing their appeal against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>

Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>


Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>