Guy Fawkes

Top tips for a fun and safe Guys Fawkes Night 

  • Think of your neighbours and don’t let fireworks off at unreasonable times, such as late at night
  • Keep your pets inside and out of harm’s way 
  • Follow the instructions on fireworks carefully
  • Limit use of fireworks in the days leading up to and following Guy Fawkes Night 
  • Do not drink alcohol before setting off fireworks 
  • If you are setting off fireworks, take extra care not to endanger people, pets or property 
  • Closely supervise children around fireworks 
  • Have a hose or bucket of water handy in case of emergency ​
  • Only let off fireworks on your own private property (sorry, no parks or public spaces)​

Buying and Selling Fireworks 

In New Zealand there are strict rules about when you can buy and sell fireworks. You can only buy and sell fireworks in the four days prior to and including Guy Fawkes Day (2 to 5 November).  Fireworks cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18.

If you are thinking about selling fireworks this year contact the Council on 07 838 6699 to find out what is required.  You’ll need a permit to display signage in a public place, such as a footpath.  There may be additional planning requirements and requirements under the hazardous substances legislation. 

Consider your neighbours 

Noise from fireworks can cause a nuisance to neighbours, especially those with young children and pets. Please limit the use of fireworks in the days leading up to Guy Fawkes Night and avoid setting off fireworks after 10.30pm. 

If you experience excessive and unreasonable noise from fireworks after 10.30pm, call Noise Control on 07 838 6699 for assistance.  

Page reviewed: 03 Nov 2017 1:39pm