James Lochead made this Official Information request to Auckland Council
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From: James Lochead
Dear Auckland Council,
I've just noticed it appears the SPCA were invited to attend the meeting regarding the ban on sales of retail fireworks, "The SPCA would be heading along to the debate and vote at the Council Chambers this morning." (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/articl...). In the interests of a balanced debate may I ask if the pyrotechnics industry were invited to speak and/or notified, including Compliance Certifiers under Worksafe NZ and the importers/retailers of retail fireworks?
Also, do the SPCA have an ambassador on the Auckland Council?
Thank you for your request for information about the proposed fireworks ban.
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From 26/2 7.23pm email
Question 1 – Please refer to the minutes from the relevant Governing Body meeting, item 3. The minutes are available here: http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt....
Question 2 – Please refer to the agenda from the relevant Governing Body meeting, item 10. The notice of motion and supporting information supplied for this are available here: http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt....
Question 3 – Please refer to the minutes from the meeting, item 10 (as linked above). I note that Governing Body agreed to “request the government to introduce legislation to ban the sale of fireworks to the general public and end private use following public feedback on the issue as part of consultation on review of the Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw scheduled for August 2018.”
From 27/2 8.08am email
Please refer to the Standing Orders (SO) for Governing Body in regards to how meetings are organized and run. Please refer to SO 7.2.1 regarding notification of meetings. In regards to public input, please note SO 7.7. A copy of the Standing Orders are available here: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/abou...
Please note that those who are providing public input at the meeting do not have the ability to vote on the relevant item during the meeting – only members of the relevant committee are able to vote. I refer you to SO 1.8 in this regard.
For more information relating to how decisions are made, please refer to Auckland Council’s Governance Manual, available here: http://governance.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/
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