DCC New Year 2017 Fireworks Event : Severe eye injury

█ WorkSafe NZ notified of the incident by the Boss family.

Dunedin man Wayne Boss’ eye was seriously injured during the fireworks display in the Octagon during New Year celebrations.

### ODT Online Mon, 2 Jan 2017
Fireworks end in anguish
A Dunedin family’s New Year celebrations in the Octagon took a gruesome turn when debris from a fireworks display left a man with blood gushing from his eye. Wayne Boss faces an excruciating wait to find out whether he will  be able to see with his right eye again.

News of the incident prompted Dunedin woman Vicky Watson to come forward with a chillingly similar story.

Ms Watson said the same thing happened to her three years ago when she was celebrating and gazing up at the fireworks, standing in the same spot where the Boss family had been. […] “The next day, I rang the council and they just brushed me off. They said it would never happen again, it’s just a freak accident,” she said. “I never got an apology letter. I was so disgusted.”
Now she wanted answers.
Read more

● Wayne Boss is an environmental health and safety specialist, working for Dunedin City Council.

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Wayne Boss’s pupil is in three parts after the incident at the city council-run fireworks display.

### TVNZ 1 News Sun, 1 Jan 2017 at 5:31 p.m.
‘I’m just worried that I won’t see’ – Dunedin man hit in eye by fireworks debris [Video]
By Sean Hogan
A Dunedin man is facing the prospect of blindness in one eye after being struck by debris at the city’s public fireworks display. Wayne Boss was watching the city council-run fireworks display when the rogue piece of debris hit his right eye, throwing him to the ground. “I’m looking up at the Dunedin council Octagon building where the fireworks are being set off and it’s black obviously. And just for a split second I saw an object which I thought was a spent rocket. But we are talking milliseconds because then I get a blow to my right eye which was so hard it just floored me.”
….Wayne has spoken to WorkSafe about the incident and he and his family want answers as to what went wrong. “You go to events like that because they are meant to be safe. It’s a public event and people go there so they can experience fireworks in a safe environment where they don’t have to deal with them themselves. And if you can’t enforce a safe display it shouldn’t really be going on,” Ben Boss [son] told 1 NEWS.
Read more + Video

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“spendidly” —Unfortunate choice of words.

### ODT Online Sun, 1 Jan 2017
Dunedin welcomes New Year with a bang
By Rob Kidd
….Dunedin City Council community events co-ordinator Marilyn Anderson said the night went “splendidly” even with the rain. […] Ms Anderson said partygoers were a little slow getting into town but she reckoned there were about 18,000 there when the big hand hit 12. The thunderous boom of the Robbie Burns cannon marked the end of 2016 followed by a five-minute explosion of fireworks atop the Civic Centre which painted the sky above Dunedin’s eight-sided heart with the fluorescent hope of a new year.
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  1. Elizabeth

    From: officialinformation@dcc.govt.nz
    Sent: Monday, 2 January 2017 3:41 p.m.
    To: Elizabeth Kerr
    Subject: Confirmation of receipt of LGOIMA request – 569727

    Dear Elizabeth

    Thank you for your request for information. A response will be provided as soon as reasonably practicable but in any event within 20 working days.

    If you have any questions about your request, please email official.information@dcc.govt.nz and quote reference number: 569727

    Governance Support Team

    Below are the details of the request

    Your request:
    What is the name of the NZ-based company contracted by Dunedin City Council to supply and deliver the New Year 2016/2017 Octagon (public) fireworks display ?

    Which department of the city council contracted this work ?

    What is the name of the council officer who was responsible for the contract being signed with that supplier ?

    (as reported in the ODT 2.1.17) Was the eye injury suffered by Dunedin woman Vicky Watson three years ago at the DCC Octagon fireworks display made the subject of a DCC Health and Safety incident report; and was the incident reported to WorkSafe NZ ? If not, why not ?

    Reference: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/fireworks-end-anguish Please provide reponse by email at soonest convenience.

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  2. Elizabeth

    [Ben Boss] said his father was in no state to fight his corner at present but described him as “not the type of guy who’s going to let this slide”.

    Tue, 3 Jan 2017
    ODT: Others hit by Octagon fireworks
    ….Others have come forward to tell the Otago Daily Times they too were hit during the five-minute display, though none of them were injured. […] Dunedin woman Jordan Hill said she was standing less than a metre from Mr Boss when he was struck towards the end of the show. Seconds before, some ash fell into one of her eyes, which she said was “just a bit irritating” but still unexpected at what she had considered a safe event. Her sister said something hit her in the chest which felt like a stone and left a “gigantic, rust-coloured stain” on her T-shirt. A Dunedin man who did not want to be named, who was standing on the grass in the Octagon, also told the ODT he was hit in the chest by a stone. “It was like someone had thumped me one,” he said. Cont/

    █ WorkSafe investigation launched to determine cause.

  3. Elizabeth

    Fears for Chinese New Year celebrations…….

    Worksafe investigation to establish if any laws broken, what caused the incident and what lessons could be learned.

    Fri, 6 Jan 2017
    ODT: Multiple operations likely
    By Margot Taylor
    A Dunedin man who received a severe eye injury during the New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the Octagon in Dunedin may need up to seven operations in a bid to save the sight in that eye. […] Despite being released from hospital on Tuesday, there was still a real chance [Wayne Boss] could lose the sight in his eye permanently. Cont/

  4. Hilary

    “Aurora Energy puts your safety first”. Their website.
    “The health and safety of our residents is always our No 1 concern.” Council response to fireworks injury.
    Eerily similar?
    Hopefully not spreading through the whole of our Council and its DCHL family.

  5. Hype O'Thermia

    Yep, it’s the phrase that pops out as reflex response to dangerous action or inaction. Soon we’ll all be saying it.
    “Gimme your ipod ‘n’ mobile and tell me your pin numbers before your body becomes beaten savagely, the health and safety of my victims is always my No 1 concern.”

  6. Elizabeth

    From: DCC Governance Support
    Sent: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 1:29 p.m.
    To: Elizabeth
    Subject: Response to official information request

    10-Jan-2017

    Dear Ms Kerr,

    Official information request for NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORKS

    I refer to your official information request dated 2-January-2017 for information regarding the fireworks event. Answers to your questions are below:

    1. What is the name of the NZ-based company contracted by Dunedin City Council to supply and deliver the New Year 2016/2017 Octagon (public) fireworks display?

    Fireworks International.

    2. Which department of the city council contracted this work? What is the name of the council officer who was responsible for the contract being signed with that supplier ?

    The event was organised by Council’s Events and Community Development team. It is Council’s policy to withhold the names of individual council officers with roles below the level of group manager. Therefore the name of the officer who contracted Fireworks International is withheld under Section 7(2)(f)(ii) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act to protect that officer from improper pressure or harassment.

    3. Was the eye injury suffered by Dunedin woman Vicky Watson three years ago at the DCC Octagon fireworks display made the subject of a DCC Health and Safety incident report;

    No.

    4. and was the incident reported to WorkSafe NZ ? If not, why not ?

    No, current staff were unaware of the incident until reading about it in the newspaper.
    Regarding the claim from Ms Watson that she phoned and talked to someone three years ago – unfortunately recordings of phone calls to Council are not kept that long so we were unable to confirm this.

    You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision. Information about how to make a complaint is available at http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone 0800 802 602.

    If you wish to discuss this decision with us, please feel free to contact me and I can put you onto the appropriate staff member.

    Yours sincerely

    Governance Support Officer
    Dunedin City Council

    • photonz

      My daughter got hit by a golf ball sized chunk of fireworks at the winter festival several years ago while standing near the Robbie Burns statue. It burnt a hole in her good jacket.

      I’ve also been showered by cinders in a similar position at another winter festival.

      Then at the 2015 winter festival the fireworks were hitting the office block across George Street and sparks were showering down its facade. The whole show was presumably stopped as the show was only just starting and only lasted a fraction of its normal length.

  7. Elizabeth

    A preliminary hunt shows that no company called “Fireworks International” exists in the NZ companies register – although some old (seek) advertising came up via Google suggesting a Christchurch based company. However, I won’t waste time – DCC / DCC Events will need to field more questions in the morning. I hope they haven’t contracted a fly-by-nighter.

    Fireworks International New Zealand
    ph 033558899
    PO Box 25133 Christchurch
    347 Papanui Rd Merivale Christchurch

    Events: Birthdays Concerts Galas New Year’s Eve Parties
    Price Information
    Free Quotes
    Products: Rockets Starshells
    Services: Custom Designing Displays Indoor Displays Outdoor Displays Pyrotechnics Special Effects

    Fireworks International New Zealand
    PO BOX 25133, Christchurch City
    Make an appointment today with Fireworks International New Zealand where serving your fireworks or sports needs is what they do best. Fireworks International New Zealand services the entire Christchurch area.

    Fireworks International NZ is New Zealand proprietary company.
    [computer generated fake profile?]
    This firm was registered on 2013-11-15 and was issued with the 226425170 NZCN. Its New Zealand Business Number is 677221679. Since 2013-11-15, the company is headquartered in RD 6. The previous headquarters were located in 585 West Mountain Road RD 6 Christchurch Canterbury. Fireworks International NZ was registered for the GST on 2013-11-15. In total the company used 1 trading name. Category of Fireworks International NZ is a Other education n.e.c.. We found 0 trademarks that mention this company.

    The same info comes up for Rod Percival Builders Ltd, and others.

  8. photonz

    My post didn’t seem to make it through yesterday so I’ll do it again.

    Several years ago my daughter had a hole burned through her good jacket by a golf ball sized piece of fireworks that fell on her at the mid winter carnival.

    I’ve also had embers rain down on me in the middle of the crowd at the mid winter fireworks.

    And in 2015 the fireworks were stopped after just a couple of minutes – a fraction or the normal length – when the office building across George St was being hit directly by the rockets, and sparks were raining down the facade for several stories.

  9. Elizabeth

    Received from photonz last night but although seen and approved at moderation, for some reason WordPress failed to automatically assign working links.

    photonz
    2017/01/10 at 9:57 pm
    Even giving Delta management the benefit of the doubt (that they are grossly incompetent rather than grossly corrupt), anybody in a position of power who defends them shows up their own incompetence (or corruption).

    photonz [in reply to Elizabeth]
    2017/01/10 at 9:49 pm
    My daughter got hit by a golf ball sized chunk of fireworks at the winter festival several years ago while standing near the Robbie Burns statue. It burnt a hole in her good jacket.

    I’ve also been showered by cinders in a similar position at another winter festival.

    Then at the 2015 winter festival the fireworks were hitting the office block across George Street and sparks were showering down its facade. The whole show was presumably stopped as the show was only just starting and only lasted a fraction of its normal length.

  10. Elizabeth

    In reply to my first LGOIMA request dated 2.1.17, why didn’t DCC (16.2.17) give me the correct searchable name of (or a company number for) the ‘fireworks business’ that injured Wayne Boss (his day job was with the DCC environmental health team) at the DCC fireworks display in the Octagon on New Year’s Eve ?

    Remind me again DCC, who is “Marketus International trading as Fireworks International”. NZ Company Office searches yield “No results” for the whole or any part of that name. I might’ve suffered a brain aneurysm.

    I emailed DCC today about this (copy not included here).

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    █ FOLLOW-UP LGOIMA REQUEST with PART-REPLY ONLY

    From: [DCC Governance Support]
    Sent: Monday, 16 January 2017 2:45 p.m.
    To: Elizabeth Kerr
    Cc: Kristy Rusher
    Subject: RE: Local Government Official Information request – 570546

    Dear Ms Kerr,

    I am writing to acknowledge your request below and also to inform you that the trading name of Fireworks International is “Marketus International trading as Fireworks International”.
    This company is easy to find on the NZ companies register.
    As far as I can tell the outstanding questions in your request below are:
    4. Does the business known as “Fireworks International” have the necessary approved handler certification ?
    5. Does DCC hold any other information about the business “Fireworks International” that can be made publicly available ?

    I will log these remaining questions and respond to them within the statutory time frame.
    Regards

    Governance Support Officer
    Dunedin City Council

    ****

    From: Elizabeth Kerr
    Sent: Monday, 16 January 2017 1:45 p.m.
    To: officialinformation@dcc.govt.nz
    Subject: Local Government Official Information request – 570546

    Elizabeth has submitted a LGOIMA request – 570546.

    Below are the details of the request

    Request details:
    Further to DCC’s response on 10 January to my official information request of 2 January (Ref No. 569727), I seek the following information:

    DCC says the NZ-based company contracted to supply and deliver the New Year 2016/2017 Octagon (public) fireworks display has the name “Fireworks International”.

    1. In which town, city or district is this business based ?

    2. Is “Fireworks International” a trading name ?

    3. Is the business “Fireworks International” a New Zealand registered company ? If so please provide the following information:
    a) Registered name of the company and Company number
    b) Registered Office address and Address for service for the company
    c) Names of the company directors and shareholders
    d) NZ Companies Office Register web listing for the company ? (webpage address).

    Note: Preliminary searches of the New Zealand Companies Office Register for “Fireworks International'” yield “Your search returned no results.”.

    4. Does the business known as “Fireworks International” have the necessary approved handler certification ?
    Relevant information: http://www.worksafe.govt.nz/worksafe/notifications-forms/hsno-activities-certification-qualifications-licensing/certification-of-people/approved-handlers See Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Personnel Qualifications) Regulations 2001 http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2001/0122/latest/DLM43117.html http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2001/0122/latest/DLM43140.html
    On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect. HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect. http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2015/0070/latest/DLM5976660.html

    5. Does DCC hold any other information about the business “Fireworks International” that can be made publicly available ? Please supply this information.

    In view of questions 1 – 5, the following is noted for your information:

    Preliminary and detailed Google search results for *fireworks international* in *new zealand* and *australia* are indirect, variable, and unreliable. The results include (sources: dynamically generated):

    https://yellow.co.nz/y/fireworks-international-new-strowan?src=Other&c=815?invalidate_cache=true
    Fireworks International New Zealand 347 Papanui Rd Merivale Christchurch 8001 PO Box 25133 Christchurch
    Events: Birthdays, Concerts, Galas, New Year’s Eve Parties Price Information Free Quotes
    Products: Rockets, Starshells
    Services: Custom Designing, Displays, Indoor Displays, Outdoor Displays, Pyrotechnics, Special Effects http://www.businesslist.nz/company/156658/fireworks-international-new-zealand

    Fireworks International New Zealand
    PO BOX 25133, Christchurch City 03-355 8899
    Make an appointment today with Fireworks International New Zealand where serving your fireworks or sports needs is what they do best. Fireworks International New Zealand services the entire Christchurch area. http://au-nz.biz/nz-companies/223791-fireworks-international-nz/
    Address: 585 West Mountain Road RD 6 Christchurch Canterbury
    Phone: (03) 3558899 (+64-(03) 3558899)
    Fax: (09) 940-1360
    E-mail: n\a
    Site: n\a
    Owner / Director / Manager Fireworks International NZ: n\a
    Work hour and Schedule: Mon-Fri: 10-18, Sat-Sun: closed

    Fireworks International NZ is New Zealand proprietary company. This firm was registered on 2013-11-15 and was issued with the 226425170 NZCN. Its New Zealand Business Number is 677221679. Since 2013-11-15, the company is headquartered in RD 6. The previous headquarters were located in 585 West Mountain Road RD 6 Christchurch Canterbury. Fireworks International NZ was registered for the GST on 2013-11-15. In total the company used 1 trading name. Category of Fireworks International NZ is a Other education n.e.c.. We found 0 trademarks that mention this company.

    [Note: The same information appears for Rod Percival Builders Ltd, and other companies which may or may not be real or registered. Other listings follow here.]
    http://au-nz.biz/nz-biz/94378-fireworks-international-new-zealand/
    Address: PO Box 25133 Christchurch, Canterbury Region
    Phone: 03-355 8899
    Fax: (09) 965-3471
    E-mail: pcollins@ihug.co.nz
    Site: n\a
    Owner / Director / Manager Fireworks International New Zealand: n\a
    Work hour and Schedule: Mon-Fri: 9-18, Sat-Sun: closed
    http://au-nz.biz/nz-companies/111480-fireworks-international-new-zealand/ Address: PO Box 25133 Christchurch Phone: 0-3-355 8899 (+64-0-3-355 8899) Fax: (09) 409-6009 E-mail: n\a Site: n\a Owner / Director / Manager Fireworks International New Zealand: n\a Work hour and Schedule: Mon-Fri: 10-20, Sat-Sun: 9-17

    Lastly, whether related to my enquiry or not, there is a business by the name of “Fireworks New Zealand”. This not a registered company. http://www.fireworksnewzealand.co.nz/
    Fireworks New Zealand – Blenheim, New Zealand
    03 5781877 – 027 4511725 – 32 Page Street – Blenheim 7201 FireworksNewZealand@gmail.com Contact: Kelvin Holdaway NZ

    Companies Office information for Kelvin Holdaway: https://www.companiesoffice.govt.nz/companies/app/ui/pages/individual/search?q=HOLDAWAY Kelvin Roy&roleType=ALL

    [ends]

  11. Elizabeth

    The FIVE questions asked of Dunedin City Council, following the 2016/17 New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the Octagon (a DCC-organised event) which resulted in a serious traumatic eye injury to local resident Wayne Boss, were always simple but took from Mon, 2 Jan 2017 3:41 p.m. to Thu, 2 Mar 2017 3:08 p.m. to extract answers for.

    Note: Further questions raised on Mon, 16 Jan 2017 2:45 p.m. have not all been answered. DCC has instead referred me to Marketus Limited.

    LGOIMA RESPONSE [FULL AND FINAL]

    From: Elizabeth Kerr
    Sent: Thursday, 2 March 2017 3:08 p.m.
    To: [DCC Governance Support]
    Cc: Elizabeth Kerr
    Subject: RE: Local Government Official Information request – 570546

    Dear [DCC Governance Support]

    You say: “I cannot confirm 100% that it is the one you are looking for but it looks most likely.”

    Thanks for semi-confirmation of the registered company name and number sought.

    Presumably DCC Events has a business relationship with “Marketus Limited” (via “Fireworks International”, the trading name), therefore DCC staff can be absolutely sure [and no doubt are!] of the company and associated company personnel that performed the 2016/17 New Year’s Eve fireworks from the Civic Centre roof, in service to DCC.

    No one needs to be left guessing here, not you or I, and not via the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

    Thanks, and kind regards

    Elizabeth [Kerr]

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    From: [DCC Governance Support]
    Sent: Thursday, 2 March 2017 2:28 p.m.
    To: Elizabeth Kerr
    Subject: RE: Local Government Official Information request – 570546

    Dear Elizabeth,

    I have gone back to staff with your questions and they inform me that you have the correct address below for the company. I also searched the Companies Office website and found this entry with the same address:
    https://www.companiesoffice.govt.nz/companies/app/ui/pages/companies/507450 I cannot confirm 100% that it is the one you are looking for but it looks most likely.

    I suggest you contact the company to confirm anything further you wish to know.

    Regards
    [DCC Governance Support]

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    From: Elizabeth Kerr
    Sent: Sunday, 26 February 2017 6:47 p.m.
    To: [DCC Governance Support]
    Cc: Sandy Graham [DCC General Manager Strategy and Governance]; Elizabeth Kerr; [DCC Manager Civil and Legal]
    Subject: Followup to Local Government Official Information request – 570546

    Followup to DCC information supplied on 16 Jan 2017

    Dear [DCC Governance Support]

    I require clarification from DCC in regards to my LGOIMA requests made on 16.1.17 and 2.1.17 respectively (included below this message) – and specifically seek the NZ Companies Office company number for the company you name as “Marketus International trading as Fireworks International“.

    I’m having trouble searching for this entity at the NZ Companies Office under the full name you provide : *Marketus International trading as Fireworks International*.

    Searches for *Marketus International*, *Fireworks International* and *Fireworks International NZ* also yield no results at the Companies Office register.

    Normally, I don’t have ANY search difficulty at the NZ Companies Office website – I‘m therefore puzzled.

    I have no idea if Fireworks International NZ* (found by Google search only – see following) is the same company you’re referring me to.

    *This business name does not have a Companies Office entry.

    [location map]
    fireworks-international-nz-location-map-chc

    Fireworks International NZ  
    Address: 585 W Melton Rd, West Melton 7676
    Phone:03-355 8899

    Fireworks International Nz 
    Address: 76 Kirk Rd, Templeton, Christchurch 7675
    Phone:03-355 8899

    I eagerly await your clarification and the official information sought (Ref No 570546).

    Sincerely

    Elizabeth Kerr

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    From: [DCC Governance Support]
    Sent: Monday, 16 January 2017 2:45 p.m.
    To: Elizabeth Kerr
    Cc: [DCC Manager Civil and Legal]
    Subject: RE: Local Government Official Information request – 570546

    Dear Ms Kerr,

    I am writing to acknowledge your request below and also to inform you that the trading name of Fireworks International is “Marketus International trading as Fireworks International”.
    This company is easy to find on the NZ companies register.
    As far as I can tell the outstanding questions in your request below are:
    4. Does the business known as “Fireworks International” have the necessary approved handler certification ?
    5. Does DCC hold any other information about the business “Fireworks International” that can be made publicly available ?

    I will log these remaining questions and respond to them within the statutory time frame.
    Regards

    Governance Support Officer
    Dunedin City Council

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    From: Elizabeth Kerr
    Sent: Monday, 16 January 2017 1:45 p.m.
    To: officialinformation @dcc.govt.nz
    Subject: Local Government Official Information request – 570546

    Elizabeth has submitted a LGOIMA request – 570546.
    Below are the details of the request

    Request details:
    Further to DCC’s response on 10 January to my official information request of 2 January (Ref No. 569727), I seek the following information:
    DCC says the NZ-based company contracted to supply and deliver the New Year 2016/2017 Octagon (public) fireworks display has the name “Fireworks International”.

    1. In which town, city or district is this business based ?

    2. Is “Fireworks International” a trading name ?

    3. Is the business “Fireworks International” a New Zealand registered company ? If so please provide the following information:
    a) Registered name of the company and Company number
    b) Registered Office address and Address for service for the company
    c) Names of the company directors and shareholders
    d) NZ Companies Office Register web listing for the company ? (webpage address).
    Note: Preliminary searches of the New Zealand Companies Office Register for “Fireworks International'” yield “Your search returned no results.”.

    4. Does the business known as “Fireworks International” have the necessary approved handler certification ?
    Relevant information:
    http://www.worksafe.govt.nz/worksafe/notifications-forms/hsno-activities-certification-qualifications-licensing/certification-of-people/approved-handlers
    See Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Personnel Qualifications) Regulations 2001 http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2001/0122/latest/DLM43117.html http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2001/0122/latest/DLM43140.html
    On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect. HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.
    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2015/0070/latest/DLM5976660.html

    5. Does DCC hold any other information about the business “Fireworks International” that can be made publicly available ? Please supply this information.
    In view of questions 1 – 5, the following is noted for your information:
    Preliminary and detailed Google search results for *fireworks international* in *new zealand* and *australia* are indirect, variable, and unreliable. The results include (sources: dynamically generated):

    https://yellow.co.nz/y/fireworks-international-new-strowan?src=Other&c=815?invalidate_cache=true
    Fireworks International New Zealand 347 Papanui Rd Merivale Christchurch 8001 PO Box 25133 Christchurch Events: Birthdays, Concerts, Galas, New Year’s Eve Parties Price Information Free Quotes Products: Rockets, Starshells Services: Custom Designing, Displays, Indoor Displays, Outdoor Displays, Pyrotechnics, Special Effects

    http://www.businesslist.nz/company/156658/fireworks-international-new-zealand
    Fireworks International New Zealand PO BOX 25133, Christchurch City 03-355 8899 Make an appointment today with Fireworks International New Zealand where serving your fireworks or sports needs is what they do best. Fireworks International New Zealand services the entire Christchurch area.
    http://au-nz.biz/nz-companies/223791-fireworks-international-nz/
    Address: 585 West Mountain Road RD 6 Christchurch Canterbury Phone: (03) 3558899 (+64-(03) 3558899) Fax: (09) 940-1360 E-mail: n\a Site: n\a Owner / Director / Manager Fireworks International NZ: n\a Work hour and Schedule: Mon-Fri: 10-18, Sat-Sun: closed Fireworks International NZ is New Zealand proprietary company. This firm was registered on 2013-11-15 and was issued with the 226425170 NZCN. Its New Zealand Business Number is 677221679. Since 2013-11-15, the company is headquartered in RD 6. The previous headquarters were located in 585 West Mountain Road RD 6 Christchurch Canterbury. Fireworks International NZ was registered for the GST on 2013-11-15. In total the company used 1 trading name. Category of Fireworks International NZ is a Other education n.e.c.. We found 0 trademarks that mention this company.
    [Note: The same information appears for Rod Percival Builders Ltd, and other companies which may or may not be real or registered. Other listings follow here.]

    http://au-nz.biz/nz-biz/94378-fireworks-international-new-zealand/
    Address: PO Box 25133 Christchurch, Canterbury Region Phone: 03-355 8899 Fax: (09) 965-3471 E-mail: pcollins@ihug.co.nz Site: n\a Owner / Director / Manager Fireworks International New Zealand: n\a Work hour and Schedule: Mon-Fri: 9-18, Sat-Sun: closed

    http://au-nz.biz/nz-companies/111480-fireworks-international-new-zealand/
    Address: PO Box 25133 Christchurch Phone: 0-3-355 8899 (+64-0-3-355 8899) Fax: (09) 409-6009 E-mail: n\a Site: n\a Owner / Director / Manager Fireworks International New Zealand: n\a Work hour and Schedule: Mon-Fri: 10-20, Sat-Sun: 9-17

    Lastly, whether related to my enquiry or not, there is a business by the name of “Fireworks New Zealand”. This not a registered company. http://www.fireworksnewzealand.co.nz/
    Fireworks New Zealand – Blenheim, New Zealand 03 5781877 – 027 4511725 – 32 Page Street – Blenheim 7201 FireworksNewZealand@gmail.com Contact: Kelvin Holdaway

    NZ Companies Office information for Kelvin Holdaway:
    https://www.companiesoffice.govt.nz/companies/app/ui/pages/individual/search?q=HOLDAWAY Kelvin Roy&roleType=ALL
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    From: [DCC Governance Support]
    Sent: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 1:29 p.m.
    To: Elizabeth Kerr
    Subject: Response to official information request

    10-Jan-2017

    Dear Ms Kerr,

    Official information request for NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORKS

    I refer to your official information request dated 2-January-2017 for information regarding the fireworks event. Answers to your questions are below:

    1. What is the name of the NZ-based company contracted by Dunedin City Council to supply and deliver the New Year 2016/2017 Octagon (public) fireworks display?
    Fireworks International.

    2. Which department of the city council contracted this work? What is the name of the council officer who was responsible for the contract being signed with that supplier ?
    The event was organised by Council’s Events and Community Development team. It is Council’s policy to withhold the names of individual council officers with roles below the level of group manager. Therefore the name of the officer who contracted Fireworks International is withheld under Section 7(2)(f)(ii) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act to protect that officer from improper pressure or harassment.

    3. Was the eye injury suffered by Dunedin woman Vicky Watson three years ago at the DCC Octagon fireworks display made the subject of a DCC Health and Safety incident report;
    No.

    4. and was the incident reported to WorkSafe NZ ? If not, why not ?
    No, current staff were unaware of the incident until reading about it in the newspaper.
    Regarding the claim from Ms Watson that she phoned and talked to someone three years ago – unfortunately recordings of phone calls to Council are not kept that long so we were unable to confirm this.

    You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision. Information about how to make a complaint is available at http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or freephone 0800 802 602.

    If you wish to discuss this decision with us, please feel free to contact me and I can put you onto the appropriate staff member.

    Yours sincerely

    Governance Support Officer
    Dunedin City Council

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    From: officialinformation @dcc.govt.nz
    Sent: Monday, 2 January 2017 3:41 p.m.
    To: Elizabeth Kerr
    Subject: Confirmation of receipt of LGOIMA request – 569727

    Dear Elizabeth
    Thank you for your request for information. A response will be provided as soon as reasonably practicable but in any event within 20 working days.
    If you have any questions about your request, please email officialinformation @dcc.govt.nz and quote reference number: 569727

    Governance Support Team
    Below are the details of the request

    Your request:
    1. What is the name of the NZ-based company contracted by Dunedin City Council to supply and deliver the New Year 2016/2017 Octagon (public) fireworks display ?
    2. Which department of the city council contracted this work ?
    3. What is the name of the council officer who was responsible for the contract being signed with that supplier ?
    4. (as reported in the ODT 2.1.17) Was the eye injury suffered by Dunedin woman Vicky Watson three years ago at the DCC Octagon fireworks display made the subject of a DCC Health and Safety incident report; and was the incident reported to WorkSafe NZ ? If not, why not ?
    Reference: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/fireworks-end-anguish
    Please provide reponse by email at soonest convenience.

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  12. Elizabeth

    My thoughts are, based on recent history, that I would never trust an “independent” report comissioned by the Dunedin City Council. Too many snakes in the grass.

    It appears to me that DCC as the main organiser of the public fireworks display, held in a confined space, the Octagon, where the public is gathered in large numbers, is ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE for any grievous injury or harm suffered by innocent members of the crowd – whether that injury or harm is due to the main fireworks display or an unruly member(s) of the crowd – be it by weapon or by weaponless body assault. Isn’t that the meaning of “host responsibility”, and “crowd control” at the sharp end of Event Management and ensuring Public Health & Safety.

    Acceptance that the DCC did not have proper crowd control should be amongst the immediate findings – especially given the extent of personal injury suffered by off duty Council officer Wayne Boss. And given previous fireworks displays hosted by DCC have also resulted in crowd injuries due to firework debris/missiles.

    But wait, DCC probably narrowed the investigation brief to such an extent that the cumulative harm was not dealt to by inquiry.

    Further, no one in their right mind would have the DCC determine the brief ….or indeed, have the skulking DCC manage the extent of redaction in the ‘project’ brief or the final report that will each come subject to official information requests.

    Ducking for cover. Not even the whisper of a personal or public apology for the health crisis Mr Boss is experiencing, appears to be forthcoming from the mayor – or council chief executive, who is presently in Canada, we hear. Nothing that could be treated as an admission of guilt, or the simply magnanimous.

    Sun, 19 Mar 2017
    ODT: Fireworks vision loss permanent
    By Timothy Brown
    The Dunedin man who suffered a serious eye injury at the city’s New Year’s celebrations has learnt he will never recover full sight in his right eye. Wayne Boss marked the New Year with his family and thousands of others in the Octagon, but was struck in his right eye by debris from fireworks during the midnight celebration. However, a Dunedin City Council investigation into the matter found there was insufficient evidence as to whether a firework from the council-organised display caused the injury, or whether it was let off by a member of the public. The investigation also found the council had “taken all reasonable health and safety steps”. Mr Boss has yet to return to work, has undergone two surgeries and expects more. Earlier this week he was told he would never regain full sight in the eye. […] A WorkSafe New Zealand spokesman said the watchdog’s investigation into the incident was ongoing.

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