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.
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.’’