New Brighton fireworks will go ahead

VICKI ANDERSON
Last updated 17:08 05/11/2012

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Ignore the internet rumours - tonight's fireworks in New Brighton are still set to explode in the night sky.

Posts on Facebook and Twitter today about the Guy Fawkes fireworks display off the New Brighton Pier being cancelled are false.

Paul Kean, of the Christchurch City Council events team, said he believed someone had Googled the event, mistakenly found a cancellation notice from 2010 and circulated it online.

''The rumour has gone viral,'' Kean said, ''but tonight's event is still on.''

The fireworks display will begin at 9pm.

It will be a choreographed display timed to a music soundtrack broadcast on The Breeze. There will be a listening post by the pier for spectators to listen to the station during the display.

Live music will also be in the New Brighton Mall from 7.30pm courtesy of DJ Nathan Coates, Natalie Slade and the Fledge team.

Organisers suggest spectators bus in - see www.metroinfo.co.nz for bus timetables.

If you are driving in, there are road closures to be aware of.

There will be no access to Seaview Rd (from Hardey St to Marine Pde), Beresford St and Owles Tce via Pages Rd.

Suggested driving routes are:
- If coming in from the north, use Marine Pde, Keyes Rd or New Brighton Rd.
- If coming in from the south, use Pages Rd.

Parking:
There are two car parks provided for a donation on entry:
- Thompson Park (off Marine Pde).
- Withells Island Reserve (off Union St).
On-street parking is permitted outside the road closures, but be considerate when parking.
Access for parking for the disabled in the south ramp car park is via Bridge St.

Organisers want to stress that because many Port Hills roads are closed or unusable because of earthquake damage and risk of rockfall, it is recommended spectators find a spot at ground level to watch the action.

See www.ccc.govt.nz for any real cancellation notices.

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