Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Fireworks fun – but only in the right hands

Fireworks fun – but only in the right hands

The Department of Labour’s occupational safety and health service is reminding retailers that fireworks must not be sold to anyone under the age of 14.

OSH recently prosecuted two retailers under the Hazardous Substances (Fireworks) Regulations – one for selling fireworks outside the 10-day sales period, and the other for selling ‘roman candle’ fireworks to two 12-year old boys.

Retailer Jifeng Li, of Waiheke Island, was recently fined $5000 and ordered to pay reparation of $10,000 after one of the 12-year olds he sold the fireworks to lost the sight in one eye when one of the roman candles hit him in the face. The retailer knew about the age restriction, but never ascertained how old the boys were before he sold them the fireworks. Jifeng Li told the sentencing judge he accepted that if he hadn’t sold the fireworks, the accident wouldn't have happened, and that he would never sell fireworks again.

Kim Comben, OSH’s senior specialist in hazardous substances, said fireworks may look harmless enough, but they can be dangerous if not handled according to the instructions for use.

“Fireworks used in an irresponsible manner can be very dangerous. Children should be under the guidance of an adult when using fireworks and consideration must be given to animals and adjoining properties.

“The rules are there for a purpose, and that is to make Guy Fawkes safe and enjoyable for everyone.”

Fireworks are classified as explosives, and public sales are subject to strict rules. Fireworks can only be sold between 27 October and 5 November, and only to people over 14. Retailers caught flaunting the restrictions may be liable to a fine up to $500,000 and spend up to three months in jail.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>

ALSO:


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list


Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>

ALSO:


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>

ALSO:

Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages