Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Dark Sky Friendly

Martinborough Top 10 Holiday Park has become the first local business awarded Dark Sky Friendly status in another step toward making South Wairarapa an international dark sky reserve.

Holiday Park co-owner Lisa Cornelissen has signed the Martinborough Dark Sky Society’s charter that requires the business to ensure its lighting meets the rules of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) for managing night-time light pollution.

A range of local firms are lining up to join the dark sky friendly scheme _ a key requirement of the IDA before it can approve dark sky reserve status for the region.

The rules are to ensure outdoor lighting and fittings comply with international regulations that prevent night sky glow and even lower it by using lower-temperature lights, fitting only down lights or fitting timers so lights are on only when needed.

With international research showing that constant lighting tends to help criminals rather than deter them, the IDA recommends lights with motion sensors which detect people moving.

Society chairman Lee Mauger said they were delighted the holiday park business has committed to changing its lighting regime to fit within the dark sky friendly rules. As part of the agreement the Society had audited the park’s lighting, recommended changes to meet the regulations and congratulated Lisa for agreeing to make the changes as soon as practical.

Under the dark sky friendly plan, businesses agree to manage the levels of light pollution generated _ thus removing another source of light glow and preserving the clear, dark night sky the region uniquely enjoys, now and in the future.

That approach means astro-tourism can flourish, business can invest with confidence in the opportunity a high-quality dark sky reserve will generate for the region, Mauger said.

“The whole team at Martinborough TOP 10 Holiday Park are delighted to be the first Martinborough Dark Sky friendly business” Cornelissen said. “We have always kept our lighting low as I remember the amazement I felt when Frank and I moved back from the UK and I saw the Milky Way for the first time. That's an experience we try to share with our guests.”

The park is also “making a commitment to further reduce our light impact by shielding or replacing our external lighting to comply with the IDA’s new 2.2k standard by 2020,” she added.It will increase its use of timers and motion sensors to ensure lights are on only when and where people need them. It is also investigating a fully dark camping zone.

While South Wairarapa tourism currently is growing at 7.5 percent, by comparison the world’s first dark sky reserve at Tekapo on South Island experienced 23 percent growth last year. Its pristine night skies attracted 1 million mainly international tourists.

Mauger said the dark sky friendly scheme will aid the South Wairarapa District Council with its update of the region’s lighting ordinances to help control light pollution. This follows the award to Martinborough of “3K City” status by the IDA earlier this year after all new street lighting throughout the Wairarapa was installed with a rating of 3000 Kelvin _ meeting the IDA’s rules for a dark sky designation.

The Martinborough Dark Sky Society has added an application form to its web site to enable business to apply for Dark Sky Friendly status, at: https://martinboroughdarksky.org/

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday].

Housing Minister Phil Twyford's office said he would not be commenting on Mr Barclay's resignation as it was an employment matter. Last month, Mr Twyford confirmed that Mr Barclay had not been at work for a number of weeks. More>>


Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>


DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Again

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>


JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>


Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>


IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>





InfoPages News Channels