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Mapp: This week’s Christmas examples of PC

This week’s Christmas examples of political correctness

Have they gone too far?

We wish you a merry Christmas…

The organisers of this years Christmas parade in Howick were not feeling so merry when they found, at the 11th hour, the parade would need resource consent.

According to a bylaw put in place by Manukau City Council this year, all events expected to attract over 499 people need resource consent. It is believed that Manukau City Council is the only council in New Zealand currently requiring this of Christmas parade organisers.

Due to the complexity of such a constraint, a private consultant was hired by the organisers at a cost of $2500 to ensure the event gained consent and went ahead as planned.

I wonder if Santa needs resource consent to land on roofs of Manukau

Santa Claus is coming to town…

Over the last few weeks Santa parades have been held up and down the country. At the Takapuna parade last weekend those assembled in the marshalling area (myself amongst them) were advised not to throw lollies into the crowd.

I have heard that similar instructions were given to those participating in the Southland, Greymouth and Birkenhead Christmas parades, and no doubt many others.

Apparently it is an essential safety precaution (and an OSH requirement) that sweets are not thrown.

I can only assume it is because the lollies are so dangerous they may take cause head injuries, or stampedes as people rush to collect the falling lollies.

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