Saturday, Mar 16 10:29am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Fireworks at Western Springs cancelled amid concern

The final night of the season at Western Springs Speedway will carry on planned, but the fireworks displays has been cancelled.


Following the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch and the bomb threat at Britomart on Friday, Auckland Council advised organisers that their fireworks display would not go ahead.


“We have received communication from the Auckland Council – Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA) this morning advising that due to the terrorist attack yesterday, they are continuing discussion on all events at their venues held today in Auckland,” A statement read.


“They have advised Western Springs Speedway that our event will proceed as planned however they have asked that our event cancel the fireworks display as there is a very real risk of causing public alarm.


“We acknowledge the potential for disappointment but hope people are able to put this into context by respecting their decision.”


So far 49 people have been confirmed killed in the attack and over 40 more are in hospital with injuries.


Events around the country have been cancelled including the final day of ASB Polyfest in Manukau, the Wellington Pride Parade, and Bryan Adams in Christchurch.


The final five-day Test Match between the Blackcaps and Bangladesh was scheduled to get underway at Hagley Park in Christchurch today, however, the Bangladesh players have decided to return home after they were nearly caught up in the incident.


 Super Rugby franchises the Highlanders of Dunedin are set to face Christchurch team the Crusaders in Dunedin tonight. No confirmation has been given yet as to whether that will go ahead.


Saturday night’s race was set to be the last ever to be held at Western Springs Speedway, but an 11th hour deal to extend the lease by one year means racing will continue at the venue next season.