Rain saves the day for fireworks display

Date published: December 12, 2014 at 9:27 am | Comments

WEDNESDAY and Thursday’s rain has saved the Christmas in the Park fireworks display in Kawerau.

A prolonged period of windy and dry weather contributed to a fire near Monika Lanham Reserve on November 27 and organisers were monitoring conditions in preparation for the flammable weekend display.

Kawerau District Council events and community activities team leader Lee Barton said dry conditions meant the fireworks display was in doubt but the two days of rain this week had reduced the fire risk.

Since the start of December, Kawerau District Council, New Zealand Fire Service, CMM Management and Van Tiel Pyrotechnics have been working together to plan the display. Provided Saturday’s weather was suitable, the display would finish the Christmas in the Park celebrations at 10pm, he said.

Members of the public should expect a change in the firework starting point after the November fire damaged scrub at Monika Lanham Reserve.

This year, a lower-level display would be discharged from Keith Mackenzie park, behind Prideaux Park.

“The firework display will still be spectacular, but in order to fully appreciate this year’s display, attendees should position themselves in and around the event venue, Prideaux Park,” he said

The day of Christmas celebrations begins with the New World Christmas Parade, leaving from Ron Hardie Recreation Centre at 11am. Floats will complete two laps of the town’s centre before the Radio 1XX Community Christmas Concert, followed by an evening concert featuring a range of well-known musicians.

Food stalls, children’s rides and sideshows will fill Prideaux Park during the day.

Mr Barton said visitors needed to remember Prideaux Park was a Smokefree reserve and no illegal drugs, alcohol, weapons, bikes, dogs or gang regalia were permitted at the event.



Source: Whakatane Beacon