No 8 wire Santa is checking his list
A life-size papier mache Santa Claus, the result of some creative thinking and a bit Kiwi ingenuity, has been spreading plenty of Christmas cheer in Titahi Bay.
The Whitford Brown Community Centre Trust runs day services which help people with disabilities to participate in the community.
Its jolly red giant has been six months in the making and the last patch of paint was drying at Santa’s feet when Kapi-Mana News dropped by last week.
‘‘He’s made out of No 8 wire and a clothes basket. It’s worked out far better than I ever though it would. He looks good, we’re very proud of him,’’ said co-ordinator Sharon Malley.
‘‘We’ve had him drying in the window throughout the week and children have been walking by and waving at him.’’
Ms Malley thinks up new and exciting craft projects to keep members busy and said the papier mache Santa was quite a challenge.
‘‘It’s just really nice to show what they can do.
‘‘They’ve worked on him [Santa] every day.’’
Santa, complete with sack of presents and a list of naughty and nice children, stood next to a cardboard fireplace and brightly decorated tree for last Thursday’s end-of-year bash.
Santa’s helpers: Whitford Brown Community Centre Trust members Gail Roberts, Esther Fa’afoi, Minique Johns and Raewyn Goldfinch, have been working on the life-size paper mache Santa behind them for the last six weeks in time for the trust’s annual Christmas party.