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There are the fam­i­lies with young chil­dren who gen­er­ally have no fear [and are] egged on by the mar­ket­ing of fire­works.

Then there are the oldies who did it when they were young and re­alise the dan­gers are real. They don’t have young chil­dren to dis­play fire­works to any more.

With an al­ready over­bur­dened emer­gency ser­vices it seems sen­si­ble to ban them. The an­i­mals need think­ing about too. On top of that peo­ple usu­ally have drinks on fire­work night - a bot­tle in one hand, a fire cracker in the other, half-ine­bri­ated with a live weapon. Pub­lic dis­plays are OK. DAVID WARDLEY

Glen Eden

It seems that ev­ery year we have the same con­cerns raised about the sale of fire­works, and yet the prob­lem re­mains, with nei­ther lo­cal nor cen­tral gov­ern­ment seem­ing to have the will to ad­dress it. Mean­while, from about the mid­dle of this week, the usual mi­nor­ity of thought­less, self­ish, in­con­sid­er­ate rat­bags will be ru­in­ing the peace and quiet of the neigh­bour­hood ev­ery night for the next sev­eral weeks.

MICHAEL HOGG Block­house Bay

[I] wouldn’t mind if it was only on the ac­tual Guy Fawkes day but peo­ple are let­ting fire­works off for weeks af­ter­wards. Plus there’s now fire­works be­ing set for Di­wali and New Year’s.


We have fire­works go­ing off all year round in our neigh­bour­hood, it’s not just Guy Fawkes. Cer­tain cul­tures have them for many cel­e­bra­tions through­out the year and it’s a real nui­sance and ter­ri­fy­ing for the an­i­mals and birds.


Te Atatu South


The new Gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment of build­ing light rail to Auck­land Air­port needs se­ri­ous re­think­ing as it will not be prac­ti­cal for tourists and trav­ellers with lots of bulky lug­gage. Whilst light rail along Queen Street, Do­min­ion Road and the North Western Mo­tor­way to West­gate makes sense for com­muters, as would light rail from Pan­mure to How­ick, Botany and Manukau which also ought to be con­sid­ered, a heavy rail loop line from One­hunga to the air­port and Manukau would be much more suit­able and prac­ti­cal for air­port trav­ellers.


Where young girls use the ploy to use your house phone ... why would they need to come in the house to use your [phone] un­less for an ul­te­rior mo­tive to rob you?

So po­litely say no and close the door.

MUR­RAY HUNTER Ti­ti­rangi


I of­ten do­nate my time pro-bono to char­ity causes and non profit or­gan­i­sa­tions.

As for street bucket col­lec­tions, I very rarely have cash on me due to easy avail­abil­ity of eft­pos.




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