Woodn't Santa love it

Spreading Christmas cheer

LOUISE BERWICK
Last updated 12:52 13/12/2013
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ROBYN EDIE/Fairfax NZ

Invercargill City Council parks manager Robin Pagan sits on the giant macrocapa chair erected at the Gala St Reserve for Santa to take a pit stop during the festive season, then they plan for it to be shifted to the Stumpery.

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Santa will be able to make a pit stop thanks to the Invercargill City Council spreading some Christmas cheer.

Council parks manager Robin Pagan said he received a call last week from Santa's helpers, requesting a place for him to have a rest during his rounds this Christmas.

"They were concerned about him because he is ageing and said he needs a few rest stops along the way."

Mr Pagan could not refuse the big guy in red a rest, so moved a big macrocarpa seat to the Gala St Reserve so he would not miss it.

"We had heard Santa was having a very tiring time."

Mr Pagan said the seat had attracted a few comments from people, mostly positive remarks.

He just hoped the council parks department would get the same response from Santa's staff.

Mr Pagan said the macrocarpa tree had been donated to the council to be carved into a seat by Invercargill sculptor Frank Wells.

It cost about $1700 for the chair to be carved, but would be a fantastic addition to Queens Park, he said.

Once Santa had finished his rounds and recovered from all the work, the chair will be moved to the park's stumpery.

 

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