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6 comments:

  1. Nora, 6. July 2018, 16:38

    Cr Day is correct “The Whale’s presence is a blessing for Matariki”. How true as there was never fireworks in the early Maori days, leave them to Guy Fawkes!

     
  2. Citizen Joe, 7. July 2018, 11:14

    Nora, Fireworks are a Chinese invention! I’m certain Maori did not have any before the white fella arrived. They did burn down the bush and forests to shoe out the Moa and other birds. Probably cooked whale meat on fires too.

     
  3. Chris Horne, 7. July 2018, 21:19

    My vote is for the fireworks display to be abandoned forever. I consider it to be a profligate use of ratepayers’ money which should be invested instead in caring for people in need.

    I consider that the CO2 emissions produced by the burning of fireworks themselves, and the burning of petrol and diesel used to propel people to vantage points, is in direct conflict with New Zealand’s ratification of the COP21 Paris Accord. That ratification commits us to slashing greenhouse-gas emissions. Continuing with fireworks displays would be to thumb the capital’s noses at that commitment. Let’s find ways to celebrate Matariki without fireworks.

     
  4. Citizen Joe, 8. July 2018, 10:58

    Chris – we need to stop the increase in the human population if we are to reduce CO2 emissions so let’s start with a zero growth target for Wellington’s population.

     
  5. NigelTwo, 8. July 2018, 12:18

    Whale or no whale, the weather would probably have caused a postponement.

     
  6. Michael Gibson, 8. July 2018, 13:00

    I agree with Chris.
    Being a ‘traditionalist’, I thought that there was some point in having fireworks to mark the anniversary of a fireworks-type occasion but it is now simple self-glorification of the kind that the Council seems to want to foist on ratepayers. If the Mayor wants it, couldn’t he a) plan to protect the environment better and b)get his grateful developer chums to pay for it?