Air New Zealand’s safety video raises the bar


(CNN) — There are six hundred cast members in Air New Zealand’s new safety video, “It’s Kiwi Safety.”

The video, which launched Monday, isn’t Air New Zealand’s first creative safety video — in fact, it’s the airline’s 18th — but it is the first to be styled like a music video. Filmed at a variety of locations in the country, including Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin, it is the largest-scale safety video ever produced by the Auckland-based airline.

Starring rapper Randa (Mainard Larkin), a transgender hip-hop performer known for expressive music, and New Zealand actor Julian Dennison, whose films include “Deadpool 2” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” the video is entertaining, informative and a testament to the country’s incredible diversity.

“It’s Kiwi Safety” is a catchy tune inspired by Run DMC’s “It’s Tricky” and Sisters Underground’s “In the Neighborhood.”

While the safety video includes all the greatest safety hits — no smoking (or vaping), listen to the crew, fasten your seatbelt when the sign is on, put on your own oxygen mask first — it also introduces a new element when Randa raps: “Emergencies are unlikely, but if one did arise, just be calm, keep it cool, do your thing and please be kind.”

Randa is a hip-hop performer with top billing in Air New Zealand's new safety video.

Randa is a hip-hop performer with top billing in Air New Zealand’s new safety video.

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The call for kindness amid more practical airline safety rules is distinct.

“We know this video will make people proud to be New Zealanders — but will also showcase our unique Kiwi culture to the world,” says Jodi Williams, Air New Zealand’s general manager of global brand and content marketing, in a press release.

One could argue that the video functions as much as a safety tool as a tourism campaign for a country that proudly celebrates and embraces diversity.

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