Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Government Inaction Over Fireworks Totally Unacceptable

The Governance and Administration select committee has decided not to recommend any changes to the current law governing the private sale and use of fireworks, a move that two Auckland councillors say is “totally unacceptable”.

Auckland Councillors Cathy Casey and Fa’anana Efeso Collins, who spoke to the select committee in November last year asking for a ban on the private sale and use of fireworks on behalf of Auckland Council say they are disappointed and frustrated.

Councillor Casey says “This decision to do nothing is deeply disappointing. Banning public sale and use of fireworks has the widespread backing of the New Zealand public through three separate petitions, all the local councils in New Zealand and a wide range of animal welfare agencies including SAFE and SPCA.”

“While the committee recognises the harm done to people and animals through fireworks misuse and accidents, it is not prepared to lift a finger to reduce that harm. Choosing not to act, puts humans and animals at risk of injury or death and that is too high a price to pay for a few cheap thrills. The strain put on emergency services for weeks on end is simply unacceptable.

“Last year during the lengthy fireworks season there were substantial fires on Maungarei /Mt Wellington and Maungawhau /Mt Eden started by fireworks. The only way to protect our precious taonga is by banning the sale of fireworks to the public,” Councillor Casey says.

Councillor Fa’anana Efeso Collins says he is disappointed that the Select Committee only heard the booming voice of the fireworks industry

“It is clear to me that the current firework legislation is not fit for purpose. Why are we looking to our past rather than our future? We celebrate a man for trying to blow up the British Parliament in 1605? Really?

Fireworks displays should be public and celebrate what New Zealand finds important. Councils have a role in holding public firework displays so that our community can still enjoy the spectacle while keeping every person and animal safe.

“Sadly, due to Government inaction we will have “All Out War”, “Devastation” and “Heavy Artillery” let loose in our community again. These are the names of some of the fireworks, marketed for their disruptive intent that New Zealanders and their pets will have to endure once more this Guy Fawkes season,” Councillor Collins says.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether This Election Is Already A Foregone Conclusion

Currently, this election looks like being a no contest. The weekend’s Newshub poll has the centre left enjoying a roughly 57-36% lead over the centre right. Labour is on 50.1% and the Greens 6.5%, while National remains in the dreaded 20s at 29.6% and the Act Party is on 6.3%. Conditions continue to look terminal for New Zealand First. Despite being a stubborn brake on government tax policy and winning a few policy gains of its own, NZF is registering only a 1.9% level of support... More>>


Economy: Business Leaders’ Confidence Tanks As Top Kiwi CEOs Vent Their Frustrations

The New Zealand Herald’s Mood of the Boardroom 2020 Election Survey has been released with top business leaders saying New Zealand’s Covid-19 recovery is in peril – and they want a decisive role with Government in the country’s future. The annual ... More>>


Poll: Newshub-Reid Research Poll Shows National Rising But Labour Still Governing Alone

With less than three weeks to go, Labour remains in a position where it could govern alone in the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll* on 50.1% - down 10.8 percentage points. National has risen slightly to 29.6% (up 4.5 percentage points), but even with the ... More>>


Winston Peters Speech: The Gathering Storm Clouds: Ihumatao

Frequently around New Zealand you hear people say that politicians are all the same. It’s a convenient way to dismiss any careful investigation of the truth of that statement. New Zealand First since its inception has been committed to ‘one law ... More>>


National Agriculture Policy: Will Restore Farmer Confidence And Pride

A National Government will reduce regulatory burden and give farmers confidence for the future. Leader of the National Party Judith Collins and Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett announced National’s Agriculture policy in Gisborne today. “Agriculture ... More>>


Government: Taking Action To Reduce Waste And Plastics

Phase out single use and hard to recycle plastics by 2025 Create a $50m Plastics Innovation Fund to develop alternatives Standardise kerbside recycling The Labour Party is taking the next step in removing plastic rubbish from our oceans and environment ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding ... More>>


Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels