Christmas light hopes fade
A $76,000 bill for festive lighting could leave Onehunga Christmas celebrations in the dark.
An urgent decision to buy new outdoor celebration lights was considered at a meeting of the Maungakiekie Community Board last week.
Members were divided over whether to spend more than $76,000 on LED cable lights and a 1.5-metre stainless steel star.
Installation, weather-proof power supply and cabling are not included in the quote, and could add thousands more.
Suppliers were to provide firm costs within two to three weeks.
But a decision needs to be made this month in order to light up Onehunga’s Jellicoe Park in time for Christmas.
Board member Simon Randall and councillor Richard Northey argued the cost was too high.
“I just don’t think it’s worth it to spend $100,000 on lighting,” Mr Northey said.
But chairwoman Bridget Graham emphasised the lights would be useful beyond Christmas.
“They could be used for quite a few occasions during the year. They could also be loaned out to other community boards.”
A large norfolk pine in Jellicoe Park is traditionally decorated with festive lighting at Christmas, with the “switch-on” marked by a celebration evening.
An Auckland City Council spokeswoman said board members felt the lights were not as successful as hoped.
The combination of fairy lights, festoon lights and spotlights could still be used to light other features in the park.
The board voted in favour of considering a more detailed report on costs before making an urgent decision during the month.