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Revealed: How Much Will the 12 Days of Christmas Set You Back?

Revealed: How Much Will the 12 Days of Christmas Set You Back?

The annual 12 Days of Kiwiana Christmas list is back, taking a look at how your Christmas will be adding up this year. Our accountants at Staples Rodway have again tallied up the bill and as expected, prices have risen.

With a price tag of $4,163.99 Kiwis can expect to pay a whopping 16.6 per cent ($594) more than last year, with both big-ticket items and small but essential goodies like kumara more in demand than ever. On the other hand, if you’re on the receiving end of this list, you certainly won’t go hungry this Christmas.

See below for the full receipt.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

1. A pukeko in a ponga tree

Although unlikely to be found up any sort of tree, being a swamp-loving bird that often seems to forget it has wings, the pukeko is a colourful target come hunting season. While it isn’t recommended for Christmas lunch, its bright plumage and big red feet look lovely against a dark ponga log.

Cost – $1,133 for a full day’s hunting package including:

  • $600/day waterfowl hunting trip incl. guide, lodgings, meals, airport/hotel transfers (no change)
  • $93 game bird hunting season licence (up $1)
  • $440 taxidermy onto wood base (up $10)
Image of a Pukekhoe in a ponga tree

2. Two kumara

With their red and gold jackets, Kiwis’ favourite roast veges come already dressed for Christmas. Alas, food prices are up 3 per cent on last year, with kumara prices hitting headlines along with an all-time high. Bad weather is to blame. Even so, a few kumara would be a very welcome addition to the Christmas roast!

Cost – $8.99 per kg (up $3)

Image of two kumura

3. Three flax kits

Nothing impresses more than a thoughtful homemade gift – unless it’s a knitted jumper. Luckily The Harakeke Flax Weaving Academy offers an advanced six-week weaving course, so you can design a slick personalised kete and learn a new skill at the same time. They’re practical and hard-wearing too, which will really make Mum proud.

Cost – $150 per person (up $70)

Image of a flax kite

4. Four huhu grubs

Alternative proteins are so in. But how do you cook them? Beetle larvae boil-up? Huhu hangi? Kentucky-fried caterpillar? Learn from the experts at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. Grab a camping package for the 2018 event while spots last – remember, the early bird gets the worm…

Cost – $75 package including:

  • $35 earlybird tickets (up $5)
  • $40 for two nights’ camping
Image of a Huhu grub

5. Five big fat pigs

Alternative proteins are so in. But how do you cook them? Beetle larvae boil-up? Huhu hangi? Kentucky-fried caterpillar? Learn from the experts at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. Grab a camping package for the 2018 event while spots last – remember, the early bird gets the worm…

Cost – $75 package including:

  • $35 earlybird tickets (up $5)
  • $40 for two nights’ camping
Image of a pig

6. Six poi a twirling

For Kiwis, Poi E is as traditional as Jingle Bells. But there’s no need to stick to traditional poi. Make the kids’ eyes light up with glowing Stealth Ninja V4 LED Poi from the Home of Poi – but we advise keeping the fire poi for yourself.

Cost – $132 per pair ($396 for six poi) (up $6)

Image of poi

7. Seven eels a swimming

In today’s time-poor society, it’s probably best to send pre-gutted eels rather than live ones, as they can take ages to catch, clean and fillet, and can potentially take fingers as well. Not to mention the inconvenience of keeping them in the bath…Just smoke them yourself and claim bragging rights.

Cost – $12 (16kg wholesale gutted and de-slimed standard pack) (down $3)

Image of an eel

8. Eight plants of puha

Puha and pork – the most classic duo since Fred and Ginger. But it’s so hard to find a bunch for sale. If you’re not lucky enough to have this growing near your house, you can buy the seeds on TradeMe instead. Post them to your beloved for a little taste of home.

Cost – $4 for 20 seeds (up $2)

Image of a Puha plant

9. Nine sacks of pipi

You might need to gift this in instalments, or use very small sacks, as the legal limit is 150 pipi per person. On the other hand, this natural resource is free for all New Zealanders to enjoy, provided you know where to find it. Enjoy a day at the beach and some fun digging time with the whole family, but make sure you take note of any signs warning of high levels of bacteria in the water, as this means your pipi will not be safe to eat.

Cost – FREE

Image of a sack of Pipis

11. Eleven haka lessons

It’s always embarrassing when you’re travelling overseas and as soon as they hear you’re a Kiwi, it’s “Oh, can you teach us the haka?”. Ka mate, ka mate…hang on…Not all of us can be All Blacks, but a full day workshop from Haka World should turn you into pros.

Cost – $35 per adult ($385 for 11 lessons) (no change)

Image of a fish head

11. Eleven haka lessons

It’s always embarrassing when you’re travelling overseas and as soon as they hear you’re a Kiwi, it’s “Oh, can you teach us the haka?”. Ka mate, ka mate…hang on…Not all of us can be All Blacks, but a full day workshop from Haka World should turn you into pros.

Cost – $35 per adult ($385 for 11 lessons) (no change)

Image of a man doing the haka

12. Twelve piu pius swinging

If you’re going to be learning the poi, why not learn from the best? Line up a performance by the fabulous Patea Maori Club for a really swinging time.

Cost – from $1000 each (up $500)

Image of a Piu-piu skirt

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