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A classic Kiwi Christmas!

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for trusting Britannia to manage your retirement savings, and to wish you all the best for your upcoming Kiwi Christmas. For those of us who are still adjusting to celebrating Christmas in summer we thought we’d help you along with some summer essentials:

  • The native Pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) is the traditional New Zealand Christmas tree. You’ll see the beautiful crimson flower emblazoned across Christmas paraphernalia from cards to wrapping paper and tree decorations. These trees have a lifespan of up to 100 years and are found all over New Zealand. Look out for the melodic native birds feeding on its nectar – kaka, tui and bellbirds.
  • Those who’ve forged new family traditions can be found at the beach on Christmas Day barbecuing sausages and playing cricket. Despite the heat many Kiwis still enjoy a Christmas roast with all the trimmings. Also popular on the Christmas menu is the meringue-based dessert called pavlova which you’ll typically find garnished with kiwifruit.
  • The classic Kiwi summer holiday is all about being near the water - whether it’s a beach, lake or river. An interesting study by Spark showed that of the more-than-a-million Kiwis who left their local city during summer, their preferred destination was less than 3 hours’ drive from their home.
  • Jandals are the summer footwear of choice in NZ. In fact they are so popular they are considered a Kiwi icon – you’ll find that some people wear them all year round and there’s even a National Jandal Day which is held in support of Surf Life Saving New Zealand.

When the festivities are over you might want to think about reviewing your financial plan to make sure you’re still on track for the retirement you want. The New Year is often a good time to re-focus on financial goals and it’s worth setting aside some time to talk to your adviser.

In the meantime, we wish you all a safe and happy Christmas.

The Britannia team


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