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Hundreds celebrate under laser lights

27 March 2006

Hundreds celebrate under laser lights

Laser lights project out from the library over the crowd whilst Batucada Sound Machine plays below.

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Waitakere’s new Central Library is now officially open, after a night of public celebrations including a live band, laser lights and official speeches.

With the sun setting, the opening ceremony saw dignitaries from both Unitec and the Council talk of the benefits to Waitakere City and Unitec in opening New Zealand’s first tertiary-public library.

Batucada Sound Machine took to the stage after sunset, playing an explosive set for an hour, much to the delight of dancing members of the public.

A thirty-minute laser light show finished the evening. The green laser lights projected a tour around Europe’s tourist spots, books opening and snapping shut, and other messages out over the crowd.

The Corban family, represented by former Mayor Assid and his cousin Brian, presented several gifts to the new 3650 square metre library, including a photo of pioneer Don Buck and a portrait of Maurice Gee by artist Glenda Robertson.

Mayor Bob Harvey gifted a map of the Waitakere Ranges to the library. Sketched on linen and dated at 1861, the time of the New Zealand Wars, it details plots to be purchased throughout the Ranges that were never taken up. The map will be housed in a climate-controlled storage area.

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