8 Jul 2019

Councils call on government to ban private fireworks

6:39 am on 8 July 2019

Local government leaders are calling for a ban on the sale of fireworks for private use.

A small firework is set off on a street.

A small firework is set off on a street. Photo: 123rf

A remit proposing the ban got 64 percent support at Local Government New Zealand's conference at the weekend.

Auckland councillor Cathy Casey is thrilled her remit passed at the weekend's meeting.

She said private fireworks caused significant harm and distress - including damage to properties and worry for animals.

"The adoption of this remit gives hope to all who suffer as a result of careless or malicious fireworks use," she said.

Ms Casey said New Zealand is way behind Australia - which banned private fireworks about 30 years ago.

She said public displays were much better and safer.

"We will still be able to enjoy displays of fireworks at well managed events which bring people together to celebrate the diversity of Aotearoa," she said.

Ms Casey said it was now up to the government to put a ban in place.

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