Lakes’ lights show to shine on
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.
The night-time show has grown in popularity and now attracts around 13,000 people over three weeks.