Fire­works dis­plays fiz­zle out

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If Auck­lan­ders want to see fire­works this Guy Fawkes they will have to set them off them­selves, or travel to the far south­ern city bound­ary.

In a Neigh­bourly.co.nz poll, 81 per cent of 137 North Shore vot­ers agreed that ‘‘yes, we should have a pub­lic event’’.

But, since Auck­land Coun­cil banned fire­works in pub­lic places in 2014, cel­e­bra­tions have been re­stricted to pri­vate prop­er­ties and pub­lic events.

On its website, Auck­land Coun­cil en­cour­ages peo­ple to find a pub­lic Guy Fawkes dis­play. Yet, it is not pro­vid­ing one.

Events man­ager David Burt said Auck­land Coun­cil is ‘‘not de­liv­er­ing any’’ fire­work dis­plays, but lo­cal boards could sup­port them.

The Waiuku Blast to the Past event is sup­ported through one of Franklin Lo­cal Board’s an­nual non-con­testable fund­ing lines and $5000 has been al­lo­cated to the event by the board, Burt said.

Kaipatiki Lo­cal Board chair­man John Gil­lon said there used to be a fire­works dis­play on the North Shore at the back of Onewa Do­main.

‘‘It is an op­tion, but it’s re­ally ex­pen­sive and would have to be done with an­other group,’’ Gil­lon said. ’’No one has come to us with a pro­posal.’’

The price of the fire­works ap­pears to the be the largest de­ter­rent, he said.

‘‘Built-up ar­eas make it more tricky but, if we found a suit­able spot I per­son­ally would be keen to look into it.

‘‘The de­cline in pub­lic dis­play is strange, since Auck­land Coun­cil has made the move from less pri­vate to pub­lic - but aren’t pro­vid­ing.’’ Can­cel­la­tions of fire­works events are hap­pen­ing all over Auck­land.

Spooks and Sparks was a pop­u­lar West Auck­land event that could at­tract 10,000 peo­ple, but it was can­celled – be­cause it might rain.

Pa­pakura also can­celled its an­nual event for the sec­ond year in a row, af­ter the lo­cal board has not al­lo­cated its usual $27,000 fund­ing for the fire­works at Massey Park.

Welling­ton’s mayor is pulling the plug on the city’s 22-year-old Guy Fawkes fes­ti­val in favour of the Ma¯ori New Year fes­ti­val, Matariki.

Fire­works sales will end on the evening of Novem­ber 5. How­ever, fire­works can be let off at any time.

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North Shore res­i­dents’ are keen for a pub­lic fire­work, but Auck­land Coun­cil says no.

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