Out of place
J Anderson Motueka, December 3 Neville Male Stoke, December 3 Carol Aaron Nelson, December 3
Try Motueka instead
I feel that Nelson can no longer call its Christmas parade a ‘‘Santa Parade’’, because there was certainly no Santa as we and the children understand him to look like. If they are going to continue to celebrate this occasion, please let us keep the traditions of years in place.
Perhaps next year Nelson children should attend the Motueka Santa Parade, where there were 43 floats and a traditional Santa Claus.
Bizarre and stupid
One of the most important things for any society is to respect, maintain and hold on to traditions that have been part of the makeup of our way of life over many decades. The portrayal of a Ma¯ ori warrior as Father Christmas in the Nelson City at this time of year is gloomy enough without having a Santa Parade without a Santa. I think Mark Soper and his team should be ashamed of what they did. Did they not realise that a lot of the people and their children at the parade expected to see Santa Claus? Maybe some families have very little to look forward to this Christmas due to very little money. The parade could have been their only joy – seeing Santa.
I love to see the proud Ma¯ ori look amazing in their waka, but it’s so out of place on Santa’s sleigh.