Gungho Kiwi Jingle

POHUTUKAWAOh alright, tell me I’m crazy, who cares!….LOL

I happened while checking emails late into the wee hours of early morning and came across Susanna’s blog, about her 2nd Annual Holiday Contest!!!   Oh well I am already sleep deprived, this should be interesting, thinks me. I’ll have a go, and what’s worse I’ll do it in rhyme….. sorry all you lovely poets and rhymers out there.  Here goes…

Gungho Kiwi Jingle

Gliding across the lake

In a waka manned by nine

Oars rippling a wake

Rowing, heaving in time.

Voices lift in song

To a Maori warriors chant

Ole Santa, couldn’t sit still for long

Over the side he went.


Poor ole Santa, in his bulging suit

Sweat streaming down his face

Dripping wet, wrings out his beard

 empting his boots full of seaweed.


Poor ole Santa, in his bulging suit

Sweat streaming down his face

Dripping wet, wrings out his beard

empting his boots full of seaweed.

In a park far away

Children laughed and played

On helicopter Santa makes his way

Children danced with pois they’d made.

Throwing sweets in the air

Children squealed with delight

By the barbeque Santa singed his hair

His face bright red from fright.


Poor ole Santa, in his bulging suit

Sweat streaming down his face

Smelling of smoke coughing ho, ho

  munching on sausages instead.


Poor ole Santa, in his bulging suit

Sweat streaming down his face

Smelling of smoke, coughing ho, ho

 munching on sausages instead.


Poor ole Santa, in his bulging suit

Sweat streaming down his face

Christmas is  summertime here

As the Pohutukawa blooms.


Poor ole Santa, in his bulging suit

Sweat streaming down his face

Still manages to smile bringing good cheer

To all the boys and girls

 Yep! and I kept it original Kiwi…. enjoy! 🙂

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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53 Responses to Gungho Kiwi Jingle

  1. Joanna says:

    A masterful, Maori Christmas tale, Diane. This is fabulous!

    • lol… thankyou Joanna, you are too, too kind, either that or it’s late in the day…lol. It was kinda hard trying to work a Maori chant into a christmas theme…lol.

  2. Nice! I like it! Poor Santa! At least he still brings Christmas cheer! 🙂

  3. Very funny! Would like to see what a Pohutukawa bloom looks like!

  4. Susanna Leonard Hill says:

    LOVE your twist on Christmas, Diane, – Maori and Kiwi! 🙂 I will have to go and google “waka” to see what kind of boat that is, and practice spelling Pohutukawa and then I will have learned some new things! 🙂 What a clever, creative, and original story! Thanks so much for joining the fun! 🙂

  5. Darlene says:

    Love it!! Very creative and funny.

  6. Laura Renauld says:

    I love the National Christmas flower. A very clever take on the contest challenge!

  7. Glad you added a Maori twist to your poem Diane! Love it when you share New Zeland’s culture in your work. Such a fun poem!

  8. I love the image of Santa being rowed to a Maori warriors chant! This is original and so much fun!

  9. Catherine Johnson says:

    That is super awesome kiwi style. Bravo Diane!

  10. moonduster says:

    I love the twist to the poem, and I think Santa must have loved the change in hemisphere even with the heat and sweat! 🙂

  11. Liked the Maori addition to the contest, Diane — now let’s see you dancing with the pois…

  12. Carrie Finison says:

    Poor Santa — his North Pole attire really doesn’t fit in down there, does it? Fun story, Diane!

    • LOL…. no it doesn’t really. Some have been known to donn speedo’s instead…LOL. But didn’t think that fitted in with this being a kid friendly poem…LOL. thanks Carrie.

  13. Diane…I LOVE this…another creative look at a summertime-type Christmas. Love the Maori oarsmen…and the BBQ feast that got too smoky. 🙂

  14. Tee-hee! I love this sausage-munching Kiwi Santa! But get that man a bathing suit, quick! 🙂

    • lol…. Well BBQs are everywhere on Christmas day. Beaches, parks, backyards, outside front of shops etc…. cooking up a storm…lol. Yeah some Santa’s do turn up in speedo’s …lol. Thanks Renee.

  15. Melissa says:

    Fantastic Diane 🙂 Love your Kiwi take on the challenge.

  16. Linda Boyden says:

    Lovely, Diane, fresh and original. Makes me remember my 7 yrs. living on Maui, HI. Missing me some poi!

  17. laurimeyers says:

    I’m always impressed by those who can bust out a rhyme so quickly!

  18. Thankyou very much for your lovely coment Lauri. Nice to see you here.

  19. That poor old Santa is a real trooper – still managing to bring good cheer to children in spite of his sweat and misfortune. Thanks for sharing your late night imagination and fun spirit.

  20. Haha, poor ole’ Santa indeed! What an adventure!

    I was also up late typing. I actually had the whole thing written and ready to post, and then had one of those middle of the night “brain bursts” and couldn’t get back to sleep until I got up and basically rewrote what I had already done. Oh well. The sacrifices we make! 🙂

  21. Haha, what fun this was to read Diane. Poor Santa could catch a break. Yet through it all he makes us happy. Again, fun read Diane!

  22. clarbojahn says:

    Love your Polynesian take on Jingle bells, Diane! Only a traveler would do such a thing. Unless you were from Mauri to begin with I guess. Do you get readers from there? 🙂

  23. How original and creative! Well done.
    I like the way it ends. Good ol’ Santa. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  24. Anna says:

    So, that’s why santa has a cherry red nose and says hoho! What fun details for poor, unprepared Santa. I really enjoyed your jingle.

  25. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    I like it kiwi style. I hope you have a cool Christmas!

  26. Hannah Holt says:

    Poor Santa! I hope you aren’t sweating too much this Christmas. I loved you poem.

  27. Now that was fun!! Poor Santa may need a few wardrobe changes :•) Great job, Diane!

    Merry Christmas!

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