Be safe and en­joy our Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar

Whangarei Report - - OPINION - By Whanga¯ rei Mayor Sh­eryl Mai

On Satur­day,

Novem­ber 3, our com­mu­nity fire­works evening is set to light up Whanga¯ rei skies. From 6pm gates will open at the North­land Events Cen­tre, and for a small price ($5 per child, $10 per adult, $25 for a fam­ily of 4) we can all en­joy live mu­sic, a bite to eat and a fan­tas­tic night out.

Why am I pro­mot­ing the an­nual Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar? It’s not just be­cause the Whanga¯ rei Lions Club do such a great job of or­gan­is­ing and run­ning it, or that all pro­ceeds will go to North­land char­i­ties – it’s be­cause I’ve al­ways loved fire­works night and I want the evening to stay happy, safe and fun for all.

I grew up in Pu­taruru, in ru­ral South Waikato. It was (and still is) a small town and Guy Fawkes (as we called it back then) was a night to re­mem­ber. I re­mem­ber we had Cather­ine Wheels on the wash­ing line and we drew our names with sparklers in the dark, but I also re­mem­ber that ev­ery­thing was done re­spon­si­bly. My dad kept hold of the matches to make sure we didn’t do any­thing silly and we were al­ways un­der adult su­per­vi­sion when fire­works were around.

Th­ese days, there are lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties to buy fire­works due to a height­ened aware­ness of the fire risk in­volved and the noise nui­sance to neigh­bours, pets and live­stock. The tra­di­tional back­yard fire­works evening has given way to com­mu­nity fire­work events, which are beau­ti­fully run and more af­ford­able than or­gan­is­ing a fam­ily fire­works evening. The event at the North­land Events Cen­tre at­tracts a large crowd ev­ery year, with a hol­i­day vibe and de­li­cious food avail­able on site. The huge amount of fire­works set off at the Fire­works Spec­tac­u­lar more than makes up for the stricter reg­u­la­tions on home fire­works, and the pay­off is that our com­mu­nity gets to come to­gether for an­other fam­i­lyfriendly night out. It’s a win-win sit­u­a­tion: a cheaper, safer, big­ger fire­works evening, mak­ing fan­tas­tic mem­o­ries for your kids with­out any of the risks or has­sle.

With the way tech­nol­ogy is evolv­ing, who knows what the fu­ture might bring: LED fire­works? Si­lent fire­works? We can only guess, but for now I urge you all to join our com­mu­nity fire­works event at the North­land Events Cen­tre on Satur­day, 3 Novem­ber. Bring your fam­ily and friends, a pic­nic rug and some blan­kets and set­tle in to en­joy a safer, eas­ier evening of fun and ex­cite­ment.

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