NZ, let go of blast from English past

Weekend Herald - - Viewpoints - M. Thomp­son, Morn­ing­side.

A loud boom rocked the neigh­bour­hood.

Soon af­ter, an in­tense squeal­ing like a ninja cat on at­tack or a car driven with tyre-melt­ing force.

It was 5.20am. It was fire­works. On a Fri­day morn­ing.

The ran­dom ex­plo­sions in the dark tend to en­dure, if re­cent years are a guide, for weeks turn­ing into months. Birds are nesting. Pets are on alert. Some will die.

Why can­not our leg­is­la­tors show pref­er­ence for com­pas­sion over per­sonal rights?

Even the Green Party is mute on the toxic en­vi­ron­men­tal as­pects of this.

Guy Fawkes has zero rel­e­vance in this coun­try.

We all know this, so what is the mo­ti­va­tion to per­se­vere?

Ex­plo­sive de­vices are now as­so­ci­ated with ter­ror­ism and car­nage.

No sur­prise that so many are us­ing fire­works as weapons.

Af­ter decades of feed­back, the Auck­land Coun­cil is sur­vey­ing pub­lic opin­ion.

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