Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes Night takes place on 5 November. On Friday 1 November, Christchurch's Treetech Fireworks Spectacular took place at the New Brighton Pier.
This page has information on Christchurch Guy Fawkes events, the history behind the celebration and fireworks safety.

Fireworks in New Brighton

On Friday 1 November, the Treetech Fireworks Spectacular will took place at the New Brighton Pier.

Attendees were invited to dress up in movie-star glam and bring the whānau for a star-studded pyrotechnic display set to Hollywood Blockbuster tunes! Festivities began at New Brighton Mall from 6pm with Tinseltown atmosphere,delicious local food and live music from The Curio Club as well as a Walk of Fame, searchlights and even a few A-listers in the crowd!

Firework Professionals provided Special FX on the Pier from 9pm with fireworks lighting up the sky soon after. 

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

CoverThe day celebrates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. Guy Fawkes is the best-known figure in the conspiracy which aimed to blow up England’s Parliament building with King James I and his chief ministers. The Plot was a reaction to the increased oppression of Roman Catholics in England.

England’s celebration of Guy Fawkes includes fireworks, bonfires, children begging ‘a penny for the guy’, and the burning of effigies of Fawkes himself. In New Zealand and other countries, fireworks are the main element of the occasion.

5 November is also notable in New Zealand history as the date of the invasion of Parihaka.

Find in our catalogue


Guy Fawkes
Biography from Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Access this with your library card number and PIN, or at our libraries.

Fireworks safety

Find out about being safe with fireworks, and how to ensure your pets are safe:

Information from the New Zealand Fire Service.
BANG! Fireworks frighten animals
Find out about keeping animals safe. From the RSPCA (UK).

Online resources

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