Board responds to cancelled event
Local leaders have responded to criticism over the cancellation of the annual Papakura fireworks display.
The Papakura Lions Club, which organises the event, have slammed the local board for not allocating its usual $27,000 funding for the fireworks at Massey Park.
Lions spokesman and event organiser Chris Lynch says he is ‘‘both surprised and disappointed’’ with the local board’s actions. He says there was no communication from the board and the Lions have not been told why funding hasn’t been allocated.
However, board chairman Brent Catchpole says council staff worked with the Lions and ‘‘indicated that the local board was not in favour of the event being held at Massey Park’’. This was due to the ‘‘potential impact the event could have’’ on the recently upgraded fields.
‘‘The Lions were offered the opportunity to organise another event with a town centre focus but advised they had no interest in that option,’’ he says. Catchpole says it’s a ‘‘shame’’ an agreement could not be made ‘‘as a lot of the feedback we got through the consultation phase of our draft local board plan was asking for more activity in the town centre’’.
A final decision on the fireworks funding will be made at this month’s local board meeting.
Papakura Local Board chairman Brent Catchpole says the fireworks event could not be held at Massey Park due to recent upgrades.