Fire­works dis­plays fiz­zle out

Rodney Times - - LOCALJOBS - LAINE MOGER

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.

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.

The long-run­ning Novem­ber 5 tra­di­tion marks the an­niver­sary of Guy Fawkes’ at­tempt to blow-up Bri­tish Par­lia­ment more than 400 years ago.

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

Fire­works dis­play can­cel­la­tions 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 are avail­able for only four days prior to Guy Fawkes, so sales will end on the evening of Novem­ber 5. How­ever, fire­works can be let off at any time.

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Auckland Coun­cil wont be fund­ing any fire­works dis­plays this year.

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