Common Sense on Fireworks Welcomed

Media Release 17 August 2015
Family First NZ is welcoming the decision of a government select committee to reject a ban on fireworks, and says that a fireworks bbq party is one of the great family rituals for kiwi families.

“This is a common sense decision from the politicians, and now it is up to families to apply common sense and appropriate supervision while enjoying the festivities around Guy Fawkes Day,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“There is risk present in many activities that families and communities are involved in – contact sport, biking on public roads, playing at the local playground, trampolining, lighting a bbq, and many others. It is impossible to take away all risk, and to do so would actually do more harm than good. There is even risk associated with public fireworks displays as we witnessed at an All Blacks test at Eden Park last year.”

“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,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“Regulations around the types of fireworks, who can sell them, and when they can be sold have been a positive step. Banning them altogether is an over-reaction. We should simply focus on getting rid of the ‘stupidity’ factor.”

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