Pavlova or Christ­mas pud­ding? Bar­be­cue or roast? At home or at the beach? Re­porter spoke to some of New Zealand’s well known faces about their Christ­mas tra­di­tions.

Emma Whittaker

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

John Key: Christ­mas is a big event for the prime min­is­ter and he spends it with his wife Bron­agh and chil­dren Ste­phie and Max. Turkey is usu­ally on the menu for lunch.

‘‘When Ste­phie and Max were younger we used to spend Christ­mas with my sis­ters, but it’s a bit dif­fer­ent now.’’

This year from Santa he’s hop­ing for the chance to play a round of golf and re­lax a lit­tle.

‘‘Strangely my favourite mem­ory is when I was about 10 and we were given a huge present from Aunty Pat. It sat un­der our tree for weeks and I squeezed it ev­ery day won­der­ing what it could be.

‘‘Christ­mas Day ar­rived and we opened it to dis­cover it was a con­crete gar­den gnome which, at 10, I found to be ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing. Mum asked me to take it out to the gar­den and I tripped down the stairs and knocked its head off. So, af­ter all that wait­ing, it was over by 9.30am on Christ­mas Day.’’

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