10 Segway PTs in Santa Parade [giant Buzzy Bees on PTs]

UPDATED: 30 November 2014

Auckland’s Santa Parade will feature ten Segway Personal Transporters (PTs) this year – more than any other year.

Five are being used by Crackerjack Promotions, organisers of the annual parade. Crackerjack have been hiring Segway PTs from Segway New Zealand for their staff to use in event management roles for many years (search our archives for previous stories).

Five more will be buzzing around with the floats with their riders dressed in giant Buzzy Bee suits (thanks to Mansons). Buzzy Bee is an iconic Kiwi toy, enjoyed by generations of kids.


According to Wikipedia:

The Buzzy Bee is a popular toy in New Zealand. It resembles a bee with rotating wings that move and make a clicking noise while the toy is pulled along the ground. Possibly based on an earlier American concept,[1] it was designed and first produced in New Zealand in the 1930s, by Maurice Schlesinger.[2] It became popular during the post-war baby boom. Its bright colours and clicking sound call are familiar to many New Zealanders, making it one of the most well-recognised items of Kiwiana. Since this time however, the Buzzy Bee has branched out into various merchandise including books, jigsaws and clothing.

It received a good deal of free promotion with the visit of The Prince and Princess of Wales in 1983 with their infant son, Prince William of Wales, who played with a Buzzy Bee.

UPDATE: Here is a screen shot of coverage by TV3 News (30 Nov 2014) of the giant Buzzy Bee float and one of five Buzzy Bee-suited riders on a Segway PT (plus a glimpse of a second bee, if you look carefully).


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