Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Santa Takes a Fashionable Turn for Young Kiwis

Santa Takes a Fashionable Turn for Young Kiwis

Children’s requests to Santa this year show that a concern for fashion and image now starts in the primmers.

Forget dressing Barbie, young Kiwi girls are asking Santa for clothes, jewellery and handbags for themselves this Christmas.

More than 1500 emails with greetings and Christmas requests have been sent to Telecom’s Santaline as the big day draws near, with hundreds more expected in the last few hours before Christmas.

In 2006 for girls it’s all about fashion. For boys nothing can beat PlayStation, Xbox or any type of computer game.

Santa Claus says he and his team of elves are working furiously to fill the orders for clothes, necklaces, earrings and even wedge shoes which girls as young as six are asking for.

“We certainly didn’t expect this, so the elves have had to go out and find what they’re after. We don’t want to disappoint them because they’ve been so good this year.”

While Santa received many lists detailing the exact model of Bratz doll and type of Lego, many Kiwi children were thinking of others.

Santa received many requests for world peace, presents for families less fortunate, and health and happiness for others. Other requests were touchingly personal such as curing grandad’s cancer and to share Christmas with far away family members.

“They aren’t easy requests to fill but I’ll be doing my best,” says Santa.

Children can visit Santa online at On the website children can guess the most requested toy and one lucky boy and girl will each win a PlayStation 2 console, Buzz Junior Jungle Party Pack and an EyeToy Play Sports Pack. The child with the wackiest answer will also win the prize pack.

The free calling number is 0800 222 222 and children can text their Christmas wish to 9627 on their Telecom mobile phone. Each text message costs 20 cents, with all proceeds donated to Starship Children’s Hospital.

The top ten requests for girls are:
1. Clothes
2. Accessories (including jewellery, handbags and shoes)
3. Lollies
4. Bratz dolls
5. Mobile phone
6. Virtual pet
7. Barbie
8. Books
9. Dolls
10. Ipods

The top ten toys for boys are:
1. PlayStation/Xbox or computer games
2. Lollies
3. Sports equipment
4. Bike
5. Clothes
6. Hotwheels
7. Lego
8. DVDs
9. Motorbike
10. Books

Here is a sample of the some of the emails Santa has received:

Dear Santa,

I would like you to prove to me that you are real. I still believe in you but I demand further evidence that you are real. That’s all I want for Xmas.

Dear Santa,

I would like to give a present to the children in one of the poor countries, a pig or a cow.

Dear Santa,

I don’t want much, just something nice for Mum and something nice for me as we can’t afford Christmas this year and I know that upsets my mum but I ’m ok with it.

Dear Santa,

I wish you could make the children in other countries as happy as me. My mum says they don’t have enough food when I won’t eat my vegies and she said we are lucky to have a roof over our head and a nice warm bed. I will not ask you for anything again if you can just help the little girl who sits on the road crying on the telly.

Dear Santa,

I want my daddy for Christmas.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland