A Givealittle page to bring him to the capital has raised more than $1000.
"We just wanted to show him some support and some love."
British tourist Grace Millane was killed in Auckland last week.
Police say up to six men were involved in the violent robbery.
He says children don't know how to behave.
"At the end of it, Santa is about love and happiness."
It's promised a more traditional Father Christmas at next year's parade.
"The kids weren't there to see a Māori Santa."
The designer calls it "bi-culturalism leading multi-culturalism".
Tasman District Council has voted to go ahead with the Waimea dam, despite vocal opposition.
The opposition has been strong, with many locals slating it as a sham.
Todd Douglas says the AOS was at the wrong address when his bulldog Mud was killed.
Her car had been found crashed on the Motueka Valley Highway.
Judith Nash has been missing in the Tasman region since Friday night.
A search and rescue operation was needlessly carried out on Saturday night, police say.
He was seen on camera approaching the victim's vehicle following the attack.