No fire­works a fizzer for fam­i­lies

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - BEN ROSS

The news in Wed­nes­day’s Pa­pakura Courier on Septem­ber 6 about the an­nual fire­works event be­ing can­celled sad­dened me.

Since mov­ing to Pa­pakura with my young fam­ily in 2011 we have en­joyed the an­nual ex­plo­sive event from our house where we can see it and still have our teeth rat­tled by the big ones.

Last year the an­nual fire­works event was put on hold while Massey Park un­der­went heavy main­te­nance with the prom­ise the event would be back for 2017. Well this seems not to be the case with rev­e­la­tions com­ing through that the event looks per­ma­nently can­celled.

In Fe­bru­ary the Li­ons Club who holds the an­nual fire­works event in Massey Park were due to give a Dep­u­ta­tion to Pa­pakura Lo­cal Board on holding the event for 2017 but the Li­ons Club never showed up (see Dep­u­ta­tions http:/ /in­fo­coun­cil.auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz/.../PPK... ).

For this is­sue to fester since Fe­bru­ary and with the Lo­cal Board to make a de­ci­sion on fund­ing at its Septem­ber busi­ness meet­ing, some­thing needs to give.

As of July 1 a new An­nual Plan (bud­get) and Lo­cal Board Plan went into ef­fect. This means the decks are cleared and strained re­la­tion­ships (should be) mended. That means what­ever hap­pened last year is con­signed to his­tory and Pa­pakura should be look­ing for­ward to its fu­ture!

Con­se­quently the Lo­cal Board and its chair Brent Catch­pole need to come out to the Pa­pakura com­mu­nity (given they are our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives) and state what has hap­pened line by line. If mis­takes were made so be it - hon­esty is a good pol­icy.

Once that is done we should be able to look for­ward to next year (might be too late to get the per­mits from Coun­cil in time for this year).

As a side note I see there are con­cerns around se­cu­rity - well let’s get it done right in the plan­ning stages and re­turn a much an­tic­i­pated event that does bring Pa­pakura to­gether.

Ben Ross is an Ur­ban Geog­ra­pher/Auck­land Com­men­ta­tor at Talk­ing South­ern Auck­land - http://voakl.net

Neigh­bourly Poll: Should the Pa­pakura Lo­cal Board fund the Li­ons’ an­nual char­ity fire­works event? 40 per cent: Yes 60 per cent: No On­line so­cial me­dia dis­cus­sion:

Milly Blank: This event has been an­nual pa­pakura event for many many years. Its im­por­tant for Pa­pakura to have such things hap­pen­ing in our area. I have been go­ing to this event since my kids were lit­tle and now my daugh­ter takes her son to it as well.

Mark Baker: This event has been a Li­ons fundraiser since 2012. The at­ten­dance has been slip­ping since 2011 when it pulled 8,200 through the gate. Maybe it needs re-in­vent­ing? And if it needed the lo­cal board fund­ing in or­der to be vi­able, then maybe it was re­ally not ac­tu­ally sus­tain­able?

SI­MON BAKER

Pa­pakura’s an­nual fire­works event has been can­celled.

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