Fire­works dis­play sparks con­cerns

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MARY FITZGER­ALD

Auck­land Coun­cil will change the way it no­ti­fies the pub­lic of large fire­works dis­plays af­ter an event did not go down well with res­i­dents last week, a coun­cil­lor says.

Res­i­dents ex­pressed con­cerns about a lack of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion fol­low­ing an in­ner city com­mer­cial fire­works dis­play in Auck­land’s Viaduct at about 10.30pm last Mon­day.

The py­rotech­nic dis­play was part of a pri­vate cor­po­rate event at the ANZ Viaduct Events Cen­tre. Auck­land Coun­cil will not dis­close who the cor­po­rate or­gan­iser was. The tim­ing of the event, so long af­ter Guy Fawkes and on the same day as the Kaik­oura earth- quake, was con­sid­ered strange and in­sen­si­tive.

Mead­ow­bank res­i­dent Melody Tay­lor won­dered why Auck­land Coun­cil did not tell res­i­dents about the dis­play, es­pe­cially given it was quite late. ‘‘It is so dis­turb­ing and dis­rup­tive to an­i­mals and bird life, not to men­tion my baby,’’ Tay­lor says.

Orakei coun­cil­lor Des­ley Simp­son says while lo­cal boards are no­ti­fied by Auck­land Coun­cil of planned fire­works in their area, lo­cal boards out­side the area are not. Simp­son says there will be changes to the way fu­ture events are no­ti­fied. ‘‘When an event that ob­vi­ously im­pacts neigh­bour­ing boards and wards is per­mit­ted, no­ti­fi­ca­tion will be ex­tended to these lo­cal boards,’’ Simp­son says.

The cor­po­rate fire­works dis­play in cen­tral Auck­land last Mon­day was heard in many sub­urbs.

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