Machines draped in Christmas frills for City Mission

Only in Christchurch would you find a mannequin dressed as Santa perched on top of an 18-tonne tank in the heart of the city.

Christchurch contractors have been challenged to dress up their machinery to raise money for the City Mission.

To take part contractors had to decorate a digger, excavator, crane or truck in a Christmas theme, and spend no more than $100.

People can vote for the best dress-up job by donating food to the City Mission's Christmas lunch.

"I've decorated a lot of things but I've never decorated a digger," Danny Cooke, of Ceres Environmental, said.

"It's great to do something a bit lighthearted and, especially at this time of year."

Senior project manager for Ward Demolition John Kendall said his team "spent all afternoon decorating this beast".

"We put quite a bit of effort into it and the intention was just to have a bit of fun and be part of a good cause."

Gerard Daldry, of Protanz Earthmoving, bought an 18-tonne Abott tank about four years ago and said decorating it for Christmas was "a bit different".

The entries will be parked on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo streets for viewing. The Defence Force will collect food donations beside the display area.


To vote for a favourite festive vehicle, people are asked to head to the corner of Gloucester St and Colombo St each evening with some food to donate to the City Mission. People unable to vote in person can do so through The Press will make a donation to the City Mission Christmas lunch on behalf of the people of Christchurch. We will donate $1 per vote, up to a total value of $300.