Lakes’ lights show to shine on

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - IMO­GEN NEALE

Af­ter years of naysay­ers try­ing to turn the lights off at a pop­u­lar Christ­mas show, a coun­cil re­view has found in the event’s favour.

In 2017, Auck­land Coun­cil ini­ti­ated a re­view of con­di­tions re­lat­ing to the an­nual Karaka Lakes neigh­bour­hood light and sound show that runs from De­cem­ber 1-24.

The free night-time event typ­i­cally at­tracts about 13,000 peo­ple over three weeks and in­volves dec­o­rated houses, a sleigh ride for chil­dren and a mu­si­cal light show.

Two re­source con­sents re­lat­ing to the dis­play are held by lo­cal Shel­ley Burke.

In a let­ter, the coun­cil told Burke in­for­ma­tion given to it ‘‘con­tained in­ac­cu­ra­cies that ma­te­ri­ally in­flu­enced coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to grant con­sent and the ef­fects of the ex­er­cise of the con­sent are such that it’s nec­es­sary to ap­ply more ap­pro­pri­ate con­di­tions’’. As such, it said it was re­view­ing the du­ra­tion of ac­tiv­ity, hours of op­er­a­tion, traf­fic man­age­ment and noise.

More than 40 res­i­dents made a sub­mis­sion on the re­view, with the coun­cil re­ceiv­ing 37 let­ters in sup­port, one neu­tral and four in op­po­si­tion.

At the re­source con­sent re­view hear­ing, held over sev­eral days in early De­cem­ber, com­mis­sion­ers Karyn Sin­clair and David Wren found ‘‘the pos­i­tive ef­fects of the ac­tiv­ity, largely the fam­ily at­mos­phere, the free event, the sense of com­mu­nity that this event con­trib­utes to, re­sults in very pos­i­tive so­cial ef­fects.

‘‘These pos­i­tive so­cial ef­fects, in our view, are suf­fi­cient to out­weigh the disruption ex­pe­ri­enced by those within the area who sub- mit­ted against the pro­posal.’’

The light show can op­er­ate from 20 Corn­wall Place be­tween De­cem­ber 1-24 ‘‘of any year, ex­cept that it shall not op­er­ate on Mon­day to Wed­nes­day on or be­tween De­cem­ber 1 and 17’’.

On some days, hours of op­er­a­tion have been scaled back by half an hour, with 10.30pm now the lat­est the lights can be switched off.

The com­mis­sion­ers also ruled an as­so­ci­ated tem­po­rary traf­fic man­age­ment plan (TTMP) ‘‘shall not be im­ple­mented within the sub­ject streets be­fore 7pm on any evening on which the event is held’’.

The com­mis­sion­ers deleted a con­di­tion stip­u­lat­ing that a lo­cal fre­quency ra­dio broad­cast would be made avail­able for hear­ing the mu­sic.

LIU CHEN / STUFF

The night-time show has grown in pop­u­lar­ity and now at­tracts around 13,000 peo­ple over three weeks.

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