20 Dec 2010

NZ Post inundated with letters to Santa

6:15 pm on 20 December 2010

New Zealand Post says it's a record year for Santa letters. In the last few weeks things - in its words - have gone a bit bonkers, with more than 125,000 letters pouring in.

The communications manager for New Zealand Post, John Tulloch, says Santa's elves are working furiously to reply to each one.

He says some of the requests make them laugh - such as the one from Jack the dog's owner asking for breath freshener and some tennis balls to chase - and one or two are quite moving, such as the one from a prisoner asking for a drug-free 2011.

Mr Tulloch says the deadline has now passed for people to write and get a reply from Santa before Christmas.