New World Taihape has sparked up the annual fireworks debate after the supermarket decided it would no longer sell fireworks. New World Taihape owner Adrian Rees said that he decided to stop selling after pushback from customers last year.

Instead, Adrian told firework fans to support the local fireworks display and gala. Taihape locals had a mixed response to the news with some proclaiming that they thought it was a good decision while others argued that it was an example of the “fun police” ruining it for everyone.