Many people wonder who and how the Santa parade is put on by?

The parade is a trust; The Auckland Children’s Christmas Parade Trust, which has trustees, an executive team and a creative team who work incredibly hard in each of their expert fields to put on New Zealand’s best Christmas Parade!

We quizzed our Trustees on some personal parade moments!

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Michael Barnett

Michael Barnett

Trust Chairman

Auckland Chamber of Commerce

Q – Why do you love the Santa Parade?

A – “It represents the “power of us” thousands of people who make the parade possible, sponsors who invest in an event they know is a celebration of family, and hundreds of thousands of Aucklanders who come out to welcome in the spirit of Christmas”.

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Viv Beck

Viv Beck

Heart of the City

Q – What motivates you each year to be involved as a trustee?

A – “To enrich the heart of our city. Christmas is an important time and the Santa Parade brings people together at the start of the festive period, keeping tradition alive alongside new developments in the city”.

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Kirsten Taylor

Kirsten Taylor

Sleepdrops

Q – What motivates you as a trustee?

A – “The world needs more magic and I love the fact I can help bring laughter and joy to hundreds of thousands of people!”

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Liza McNally

Liza McNally

NZME

Q – What are some of your parade ‘wow’ moments over the years?

A – “Taking my children to their first Santa Parade was unforgettable. Eyes so wide open and smiles from ear to ear. Experiencing the diversity of the crowd and experiencing how the Santa Parade brings joy for people from many cultures and both the young and old. Inspiring!”

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Dean Cook

Dean Cook

Farmers

Q – What are some of your “WOW” Moments?

A – “The way it continues to bring such a huge and diverse groups of people together in the centre of the city on a beautiful December day”.

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Andrew Dick

Andrew Dick

Deloitte

Q – What motivates you each year to be involved as a trustee?

A – “The kids (not just mine) – to see the enjoyment that thousands of people get from the day and know that it does not “just happen” but that various people have to volunteer in roles to make sure it keeps going. As a trustee I’m like other volunteers contributing my skills.”

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