There are concerns that a New Zealand company may try and ban santas at certain shopping malls from saying “ho ho ho”.
Recruitment company Westaff has instructed its santas at Australian malls to tone it down or say “ha ha ha” instead.
It believes “ho ho ho” might scare children.
Santas are now being urged to go on strike if the ban is imposed.
It is feared the same company operating in New Zealand will follow suit.
Associate Professor John Kirkland of Massey University has studied the effects Christmas has on children.
He believes the recruitment company has lost the plot, and hopes Westaff New Zealand doesn’t follow in the footsteps of its Australian division.