24 Oct 2014

Hopes of more support for giant Santa

7:33 am on 24 October 2014

The owners of an Auckland construction company say their childhood memories of Auckland's giant Santa prompted them to step in to save him.

The Queen Street Santa

Auckland's giant Santa will preside over Queen Street during Christmas 2014. Photo: PHOTO NZ

The 54-year-old model, which watches over Queen Street every Christmas, was at risk of being scrapped, because of the $180,000 cost of installing him each year.

However, the construction firm, Mansons TCLM, has promised to use its own equipment and staff to install Santa for the next three years.

A director, Culum Manson, said the family-owned company was sad to hear that Santa was getting axed.

"As little kids, I remember going and seeing the big Santa when I was a kid. And we've got - between myself and my two brothers - we've got ten kids below 10. It's pretty dear to our hearts being Aucklanders, having grown up with it, and clearly a lot of other people love it too, and it's a good thing to keep him going."

Mr Manson said he hoped other construction companies and contractors might volunteer labour and equipment too.

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