No fireworks a fizzer for families
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?
Papakura’s annual fireworks event has been cancelled.