Remember when we used to burn Guys on Guy Fawkes?


5th November Guy Fawkes night New Zealand 2016 Fire pit at the beach

This Guy Fawkes our children dug out a fire pit, collected driftwood and built a fire. They purchased giant marshmallows to toast on sticks and we enjoyed watching other families set off fireworks on the beach as we ate them.

I told them stories about the days before political correctness. Of the giant bonfires and of Guy competitions. I told them about putting your guy in a wheelbarrow to wheel around the neighborhood to show others. I told them about putting fireworks in the guy’s pockets so they would go off when he was placed on the bonfire with the others.

I remember?a very happy afternoon spent ?making my guy. Stuffing his clothes with newspaper. Using my Mum’s old stockings to make his legs and arms.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

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And so the whining starts…

The season highlights how inconsiderate some people are; placing their own interests above those of the rest of the community despite the great costs imposed.

You might be surprised to learn how damaging these things are. ACC reports over twelve thousand injuries costing nearly five million dollars are caused annually by this scourge. Worse, people are being killed. In a tragic case in 2013, a 31-year-old Auckland woman was killed, and earlier this year a 7-year-old boy suffered severe facial injuries.

Many complain of being kept awake at night by the noise. Children, when not being injured are often scared and horses in particular can be frightened.

It is incomprehensible that although so many people find these damnable things to be frightening, dangerous and noisy, the Government does nothing about them. Just last week I was walking through a park and saw evidence of inconsiderate and irresponsible people who failed to clean up their mess, leaving a trail of disgusting debris everywhere.

Let’s not forget the emergency services who are called out day and night dealing with complaints about the noise, dealing with damage and tragically sometimes taking young children to hospital.

There is no doubt people who use these things enjoy them but the cost imposed on the rest of society is just not acceptable. Children are being injured. Children. The most vulnerable in our society, those most needing our protection, are being damaged and yet we do nothing.

But enough about the problem of dogs. Let’s talk about fireworks, something I care about as I import and sell them.

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The months and months (and months) of fireworks going off is about to recommence

Fireworks hit the shelves this week and are legally allowed to be sold over the four days from Monday to the holiday on Thursday.

And while that will be a cause of celebration for many, some think private sales of fireworks is causing unnecessary danger all year round.

National Risk Reduction Manager Rob Saunders said there were several close calls last year, with five garages and houses catching fire.

The best option in terms of safety was for people to go to public displays, he said.

The SPCA is delivering a similar message, saying it still wants a total ban on private sales of fireworks.

Its chief executive, Ric Odom, said the real danger of private sales was people keeping fireworks and letting them off throughout the year.

“Even though fireworks are only meant to be on sale a few days before Guy Fawkes, people let these things off well before and well after,” he said.

They certainly do. ?Especially when you live in an Asian dominated neighbourhood. ?They have other calendar dates to observe as well, such as Chinese New Year. ? And a fair few fireworks are set off on our own calendar clicking over a year as well. ? Read more »


Wowsers at it again – this time to ban private use of fireworks

A bid to ban New Zealanders from setting off fireworks in their backyard has been rejected by a Parliamentary committee.

The Government Administration Committee said a complete ban on the private use of fireworks went too far and was unenforceable.

The committee was responding to a petition signed by 25,000 people and submitted by Ponsonby film-maker Charlotte Purdy, who wanted fireworks limited to public displays.

The petition said restrictions on fireworks introduced eight years ago had not eliminated negative effects such as distress to animals, injuries, fires, damage to property and public nuisance.

In its report on the petition, the committee said that competing interests needed to be carefully balanced when considering a ban.

MPs said they recognised the frustration many people felt about the unpredictability of private fireworks use. Read more »

Wowsers still going for full ban on fireworks

When I was a kid having a birthday 3 days before Guy Fawkes was awesome.

Until the wowsers started their slippery slope of bans.

First they called for the banning of bangers like Tom Thumbs and Double Happies, then they moved on sky rockets.

Now not content with all that they are now looking at a full ban of all fireworks.

Limits should be placed on when fireworks can be used, not just when they are purchased, the Fire Service has told Parliament.

A Parliamentary select committee is considering a 25,000-signature petition calling for a total ban on the private use of fireworks.

The Fire Service’s national advisor on risk management Todd O’Donoghue told the committee this morning that if it did not agree to a ban, there were other measures that could reduce the harms of fireworks.

He said fireworks were being used all year round, not just at Guy Fawkes, and Parliament could introduce restrictions on when they could be set off. ?? Read more »




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The perennial favourite: fireworks [POLL]

On the one hand

Prime Minister John Key says it is only a matter of time before private firework sales are banned.

Speaking at his post-Cabinet press conference, Key said he thought public sentiment was moving towards a fireworks sales ban.

“It’s obviously an issue that raises its head every time we have Guy Fawkes,” Key said.

“I think it’s something where we’d rather take the public with us and I think slowly there is a bow wave of agreement that [a sales ban is] the right place to go.”

Key said he didn’t think the government had done “any serious work” to bring about the change, though.

“While I’m not proposing or saying that there should be a personal ban today… I think eventually you actually will see public displays being the ones where fireworks are available.”

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The fun police are still prowling

Every years some busybody wants to ban fireworks.

Eventually they will win, they will just grind the politicians down.

It is all about foisting their beliefs on the rest of the population, even some of my commenters agree, that we should sit for hours in traffic, struggle to find a carpark to sit at a big display in a park or stadium somewhere for 30 minutes to go wow…instead of having a BBQ, enjoying our backyards or beaches and then celebrating something that is actually our heritage and history.

Imagine if we had people wanting to stop Christmas or Easter or Ramadan.

Why should Guy Fawkes become the preserve of the corporates who can afford the large displays.

Imagine all the kids who will the joy of writing their names in teh air with sparklers.

These wowsers need to get a grip…they always want to remove things because of danger…well, when are they going to start calling for the banning of cars, boats, swimming, rugby, hunting and every other enjoyable past time with a risk attached?

When will they interfering stop, if ever?

Of course the Herald saw this as vitally important so they put their senior reporter ‘Tainted’ Fisher on the job.

This year, it may just be Parliament which torches Guy Fawkes Day.

A ban on the personal sale of fireworks – which went on sale yesterday – is to be considered by a parliamentary select committee this Wednesday, November 5 – Guy Fawkes Day.? Read more »

Get ready for Len’s fireworks inspectors

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Len Brown’s council seems intent on poo-fingering any event that people might have fun at.

The latest imposition of silly rule making twats with clipboards is over Guy Fawkes night next week.

Aucklanders wanting to celebrate Guy Fawkes on November 5 must find a public display or stay in their backyards, the council says.

Fireworks were banned from public places in May this year with the aim of protecting people, animals and property from the risks of fireworks. ?? Read more »

I don’t think they had a rehearsal, and in the end it may not matter