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
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.
DAVID BATENBURG Avondale
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.
SCAMS TARGET ELDERLY
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
KIWIS GIVING LESS
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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Should fireworks be banned?