21 July 2024

Santa shortage may ruin Christmas for Kiwi families across NZ

Santa shortage is threatening to ruin Christmas for Kiwi families across New Zealand come December this year.

With fewer New Zealanders applying to don the big red suit of Santa, thrones in shopping centres may be left empty, wish lists unread and leaving parents and kids disappointed.

Talent agency, Scene to Believe is ramping up its search after experiencing widespread Santa shortages and is struggling to get talent numbers back to pre-pandemic levels.

Scene to Believe Managing Director, Stefan Hutton says being a Christmas character on the Santa set is the perfect casual job to boost budgets ahead of Christmas.

Shortage of Santas may ruin Christmas for many this Dec.

“Posing for a photo with Santa is an annual tradition for families everywhere, we have a plethora of fantastic roles available in the North and South Island for grandparents, retirees, the semi-retired and everyone in between,” says Hutton.

“We’re particularly short in the Santa department, so we’re calling on older Kiwis to throw their Santa’s hat in the ring and apply.”

“Becoming a Santa’s Helper is a great way for seniors to be more involved in their local community, interact with young people and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.”

Tony Hooper has been in the role for several years and says the job is perfect for older people wanting to dip their toe back into the workforce.

“Being a Santa is by far the best work I’ve ever done,” says Hooper. “It’s flexible, I work when I want and…it’s also a great way to earn extra cash right before Christmas.”

Most people could be eligible to apply as Santas come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, according to requirements listed by ‘Scene to Believe’ agency. Only consideration perhaps is you need to have a “positive, friendly personality”and “have a great HOHOHO working with children.”

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