Santa comes early for special children

02:41, Dec 17 2011
John Key
Prime Minister John Key meets a colourfully dressed Steven Green.
John Key
Prime Minister John Key poses Hayley Sharp who is dressed as Ayala from Star Wars The Clone Wars.
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Prime Minister John Key poses with nine year old Nathanael Stockdale during the Special Childrens Christmas Party.
Special Children's Christmas Party
A stormtrooper from Star Wars greets families as they arrive the Special Childrens Christmas Party.
Special Children's Christmas Party
Prime Minister John Key poses with children at the party.
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Prime Minister John Key meets a festive dog at the Special Children's Christmas Party

Santa came early to thousands of children at the Special Children's Christmas Party in Auckland today.

Prime Minister John Key attended the party at ASB Showgrounds for children who are terminally ill, have special physical or intellectual needs or come from severely underprivileged circumstances.

Spokesman for the Special Children's Christmas Party group, Mark Wikstrom said the showgrounds was host to about 4000 people.

Each child at the party would visit Santa's grotto and receive a high quality gift.

''Every child will leave here having had heaps of food, heaps of toys and big smiles on their faces,'' he said.

The showgrounds was full of children's activities, cartoon characters, pets, music and food.

The local SPCA was in attendance with plenty of furry friends and the stage featured three and a half hours of entertainment including a band fronted by Jason Fafoi, ex-What Now host and member of band, Stereobus.

The annual Christmas event is organised in association with the Cancer Society and Variety with sponsorship from local businesses.

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