Out of place

J An­der­son Motueka, De­cem­ber 3 Neville Male Stoke, De­cem­ber 3 Carol Aaron Nel­son, De­cem­ber 3

Nelson Mail - - Opinion -

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.

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