Fun Not Fear

We support Fun, Not Fear!

We are campaigning for stricter controls on
  • importing, wholesaling and retailing retail fireworks, and
  • commercial pyrotechnics regulations that protect animals, and the environment.

Major Points

  1. Reduce permitted noise levels to 50 decibels  At night time 50 decibels is still considered ‘annoying’ by most authorities, however it radically reduces the currently permitted 90 decibel limit (which seems to be breached without consequence). 
  2. Reduce height parameter to 2 or 3 meters only. This in conjunction with a noise reduction would almost totally eliminate the nuisance in rural properties from private fireworks as they could not longer explode in the night sky spooking stock, and noise being carried by weather (bouncing against cloud coverage, or landscape features).Permitted fireworks would be reduced to visual effects like sparklers (with current restrictions on numbers), roman candles, fountains etc. All of these are family friendly, and neighbourhood friendly.

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Our aim is to protect animals!

While many of us grew up with fireworks on Guy Fawkes Day, this was usually just one day of the year.  Now, the import of fireworks is growing each year, and fireworks are being used much more often.
  • Unfortunately there is no 'set day' for fireworks in New Zealand.  
  • Fireworks companies encourage stockpiling, and use of fireworks throughout the year.  It is legal for companies to give away fireworks as prizes or incentives as the sale restrictions only apply to 'sales'. 
  • Pet and livestock owners often receive no notice that neighbours are letting off fireworks, or even if a commercial (very loud!) pyrotechnics event has been organised. This in conjunction with the unpredictable nature of fireworks use, makes protecting horses, and livestock virtually impossible.
  • There is often a call for livestock to 'be moved'.  Not only is this impractical, but again it shifts the responsibility onto the victim.  No one can ever answer - where to? At what cost? What if there are fireworks at this other location too? For how long? 
  • Owners of injured or killed animals are expected to accept all costs, as if it is their fault that their pets or stock have been injured, or killed, by unthinking neighbours.  
  • Commercial pyrotechnics companies 'test' commercial grade fireworks, or perform training in rural areas with little or no protection for neighbours.
  • Fireworks are not covered by fire bans and restriction bylaws because they are not considered 'open fires'
  • Noise Control cannot shut down fireworks.