Western Leader : December 15th 2011
www.westernleader.co.nz 2 WESTERN LEADER, DECEMBER 15, 2011 NEWS Menswear Sale 25% DISCOUNT STOREWIDE 2 Days Only Friday 16th December and Saturday 17th December Buy now for Xmas Te Atatu Menswear on the Peninsula 548 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula Phone 834 6470 Open Sat until 4pm -- Excluding School Uniform and Marked Specials -- Office Ph 837 0340 Fax 837 1760 Editor Claire Kenny email: edwl@snl co nz Sales Manager Julie Cooper email: julie cooper@snl co nz Circulation Ph 525 2022 Fax 580 1648 email: delivery@snl co nz Classifieds Ph 525 2100 Fax 580 1643 email: email@example.com 66,754 Audited Circulation (ABC Jan-Dec '10.) Delivered each Tuesday*/Thursday/ Friday to Avondale, Blockhouse Bay, Glen Eden, Glendene, Green Bay, Harbour View, Henderson, Henderson Valley, Herald Island, Hobsonville, Kelston, Laingholm, Massey, Massey East, Massey North, New Lynn, Palm Heights, Ranui, Sunnyvale, Swanson, Te Atatu Peninsula, Te Atatu Sth, Titirangi, Waima, Waimanu Bay, Waitakere, Western Heights, Westgate, West Harbour, Whenuapai, Woodlands Park. *Every 4th Tuesday 'Waitakere Ranges Edition' includes: Huia, Little Huia, Cornwallis, Parau, Laingholm, Oratia, Scenic Drive, Carter Road, Waiatarua, Henderson Valley, Swanson North, Piha Rd, Henderson RD1 & 2, RD Redhills, RD Waitakere. 2 Waipareira Ave, Henderson. P.O. Box 21167. Check the holiday bus, train and ferry timetables before you travel Special holiday timetables apply. Following important work on the rail network on 17 and 18 December, buses will replace trains between Newmarket and Britomart from 19 December. Eastern Line and most Southern Line services will travel via Glen Innes to Britomart. Shuttle buses will connect Grafton Station with Britomart for Western Line passengers. Buses replace trains on other parts of the rail network from 26 December. Have a happy summer! Smiling kids make Santa's day 'Tis the season: Santa Claus says even after all these years he still loves bringing joy to the children who visit Westfield WestCity. Photo: HINERANGI VAIMOSO Go to www.westernleader. co.nz to see a Christmas message from Santa. Santa Claus lives at the North Pole with his wife Mrs Claus, lots of elves and his reindeer. But he's been stationed at Westfield West- City in Henderson meeting children before Christmas. He talks to our reporter Hinerangi Vaimoso. WEST LIFE Ihavealongwayto travel in the morning from the North Pole to west Auckland but I can get here pretty quickly using Santa magic. I have between 200 to 250 children visit me here every day and even more at the weekends. A few days out from Christmas it's not un- usual to see close to 500 kids a day. I've had 3500 photos with kids since the six- week Santa season began at Westfield. I reckon this is the best job in the world because of the way a child's face will just light up when they see me. What's even better is this job can put that same childlike smile on the face of parents and grandparents. I get to have photos with little children and even some newborn babies when mums do their best to get out of hospital for Christmas. I had a 98-year-old woman come in for a photo with me this year. She came in her wheelchair with her two daughters and having a photo made her day. Small kids will always ask for scooters, barbie dolls and baby doll prams. A lot of them will ask for puppies and horses too but I have to tell them there's no room for animals on my sleigh. And Rudolf doesn't like other animals. Blame it all on Rudolf. You ask kids if they've been good and the answer is always yes. Never fail. Parents will have a laugh too by asking for a vacuum cleaner or a hus- band. Older ladies will say I forgot to bring them that diamond necklace last year and it's all in good fun. One man brought in his eight-year-old son who had stopped believ- ing in Santa magic. He needed me to convince him it was real. He says how do you feed your reindeer because they eat grass and there's too much snow in the North Pole'. I explained we used hydroponics to grow grass indoors and that seemed to have him convinced again. His father just looked at me and said gosh, you're good'.
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