Mayor bows out
The man in red will be making his 80th appearance at this year’s Farmers Santa Parade but one regular face you won’t see belongs to mayor Len Brown.
Deputy mayor Penny Hulse will be there in in his place, parade general manager Pam Glaser says.
Mr Brown says he has made commitments with his family before Christmas in order to spend more time together this year.
‘‘I love the Santa Parade. I’ve enjoyed my time in it and I will be back but I’m trying to spend a lot more time with my family at the moment.
‘‘We need to make sure I maintain a very good work-life balance. It’s pretty obvious to all Aucklanders that I did not have a very good work-life balance before.’’