Crackers ban will torch Kiwi tradition

NZ City 3 November 2014
Families will miss out on a great Kiwi tradition, the fireworks barbecue, if crackers are banned by parliament, Family First says.

A parliamentary select committee will take this coming Guy Fawkes day, November 5, to consider a ban on the personal sale of fireworks.

A 26,000-signature petition was lodged by Auckland filmmaker Charlotte Purdy, who was spurred to organise the petition after seeing her dog Finlay upset by fireworks explosions.

Family First director Bob McCoskrie called on government to reject the call, but to ensure strong regulations around the types of fireworks, who can sell them, and when.

Fireworks are like many community activities, including rugby, biking and trampolining, that come with risks to safety, he said.

“It is impossible to take away all risk, and to do so would actually do more harm than good,” Mr McCoskrie said.

“Rather than taking away the fun and joy of fireworks, we should be promoting a safety message and encourage parents to strongly supervise any use of fireworks.”

He said a ban would deny New Zealanders the pleasure of a fireworks barbecue, a Kiwi tradition.