that fireworks 'not really' a fit for Matariki
Last year it was the Matariki Fireworks Spectacular at New Brighton Pier, this year it will be the Winter Fireworks Spectacular.
Māori experts advised that using fireworks was unsuitable as a way of celebrating the inaugural Matariki public holiday, but some councils ignored the recommendations.
A group set up to ensure that Māori mātauranga (knowledge) was at the forefront of decisions warned fireworks caused pollution, waste and were at odds with the idea of remembrance.
Māori astronomers warned the Government fireworks were an inappropriate way to celebrate Matariki, but many city councils plan to light up the sky anyway.
Written advice from a mātauranga (knowledge) Māori group set up to guide the Government on the creation of the inaugural public holiday on June 24 stated: “Fireworks do not align with one of the core values, Mana Taiao-environmental awareness.”
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