19 Nov 2020

Goodbye to Auckland's iconic giant Santa

From The Panel, 4:41 pm on 19 November 2020

It's goodbye to Auckland's iconic giant Santa, who has been a fixture in the CBD for decades.

He towered over Queen St at Christmas for about 60 years but is set for a new life at Wanaka's National Transport and Toy Museum.

Jim Mora speaks to RNZ's Hayden Donnell, who once petitioned to have giant Santa's winking eye and beckoning finger reinstated.

A giant Santa on Queen Street overlooks shoppers crossing the road in the Auckland Central City.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly