Local councils vote to ban private sale and use of fireworks

The Government is resisting a call from local councils to ban the sale of fireworks for private use.

The Local Government New Zealand Annual General Meeting on Sunday voted to join forces in calling for the prohibition. 

Sixty-four percent of councils supported a remit proposing the ban during their annual conference in Wellington, but it is up to the central Government to enact a ban.

Auckland councillor for the Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward, Cathy Casey, says she won't be taking no for an answer.

However, a spokesperson for Environment Minister David Parker says changing the existing fireworks regulation is not currently on the Government's agenda.

The vote was the result of 8000 submissions between October and December last year, with 90 percent in favour of a fireworks ban.