Tuesday, 20 August 2019


Secret Santa registrations to open next week

Secret Santa registrations to open next week

Registrations for the award winning New Zealand Secret Santa game open next Thursday 13 November and the digital team at New Zealand Post is expecting more players than ever.

NZ Secret Santa, known as #nzsecretsanta on Twitter, is an online version of the well-known Christmas game where people give an anonymous gift and get one in return.

“We have really upped the stakes this year, with plans to give surplus gifts, as well as a cash donation, to charity,” said New Zealand Post Secret Santa Coordinator, Rob Holmes.

The game, led by the community and coordinated by New Zealand Post, is growing in popularity. Last year, NZ Secret Santa donated around 100 surplus gifts to the Wellington City Mission. This year, as well as gifts, the Christchurch City Mission will receive a New Zealand Post sponsored cash donation based on the number of people who sign up.

Holmes said the game is about encouraging generosity and goodwill at Christmas time making the donation to charity a good fit.

The way the game works is that everyone sends a gift and receives one in return. However, there are always a few people who sign up, and for whatever reason, don’t end up sending a gift. The New Zealand Post team dubbed these people “Bad Santas” and decided to send the gifts intended for them, to charity.

Go to http://nzsecretsanta.nzpost.co.nz to register between 13 November and 19 November.



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