- Publish Date
- Saturday, 4 November 2017, 2:51PM
Veteran Kiwi actor and director Ian Mune is the star of a new Christmas advert set to tug at the heart strings.
The TV ad sees Mune transform from a grumpy retiree into a neighbourhood Undercover Santa - secretly gifting some of his neighbours presents, including a fan and a coffee plunger.
But a young neighbour knows what he's up to and the ad ends with the youngster ringing Secret Santa's door bell, and leaving him milk and cookies.
Mune is a much-loved New Zealand actor, director and screenwriter. In 1991 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Years Honours list.
The soundtrack to the heart-warming advert was sung by Tiny Ruins singer Hollie Fullbrook.
The ad is for the Farmers department store. Head of marketing, Dean Cook, says it was designed to "reinforce the role the company plays in New Zealanders' lives".
The company is attempting to replicate the success of similar overseas Christmas adverts, like those produced by UK department store John Lewis.