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New street lights

The sec­ond stage in the roll­out of more ef­fi­cient LED street­lights to Hamil­ton is un­der way, with the city’s main roads in line for the up­grade. Work has started on River Road to in­stall the first of 5500 LED bulbs on ar­te­rial routes. This fol­lows the in­stal­la­tion of 7500 warm white LED street­lights in res­i­den­tial streets. NZTA is fund­ing around $4.7 mil­lion of the $5.7 mil­lion cost, which save about $250,000 each year. “Dur­ing the re­place­ment pro­gramme our City In­fra­struc­ture team has also been au­dit­ing cur­rent light­ing lev­els and in­fra­struc­ture, to help us in fu­ture light­ing im­prove­ment work,” City Trans­porta­tion Unit man­ager Robyn Den­ton said. The Coun­cil has also been work­ing with the Hamil­ton As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety to re­duce glare for night sky ob­ser­va­tion, and a lower light level LED which still meets safety re­quire­ments around the Hamil­ton Ob­ser­va­tory.

Event fund open

Hamil­ton City Coun­cil’s an­nual Com­mu­nity Event Fund is open for ap­pli­ca­tions. The fund has $50,000 for non-profit com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions host­ing in­clu­sive, free or low-cost events held in Hamil­ton. The grants fund or­gan­i­sa­tions for the costs of host­ing events in the com­mu­nity. A key as­pect for the grant is events draw­ing crowds of 1000 or more peo­ple. Be­tween 12 and 15 events are ex­pected to be sup­ported through the fund, and in the past those have in­cluded cul­tural and eth­nic events. The max­i­mum grant available for an event is $5000, and the fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion round closes July 31. Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be no­ti­fied by the end of Au­gust.

Cancer So­ci­ety Ball

Step out in style at Waikato’s pre­mier fundraiser, the LJ Hooker Cancer So­ci­ety Ball on July 21 at Mys­tery Creek Events Cen­tre. A night of glitz and glam­our, din­ner and danc­ing, this event is back for its sec­ond year and it is set to im­press guests by trans­port­ing them to a snowflake won­der­land. A range of sought-af­ter items and ex­pe­ri­ences will be up for grabs in the silent and live auc­tions. All pro­ceeds will help the Cancer So­ci­ety to fund cancer re­search and pro­vide free sup­port­ive care ser­vices for peo­ple in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Matariki in the City

Matariki is the Ma¯ori New Year marked by the ris­ing of the clus­ter of stars named Pleiades, cel­e­brat­ing the Ma¯ori New Year and its sig­nif­i­cance to Ma¯ori cul­ture. Matariki in the City at Hamil­ton City Li­brary, Gar­den Place, on July 28 is a fun, en­gag­ing day suit­able for the whole wha¯nau. The day in­cludes cul­tural per­for­mances, learn to make manu tuku­tuku (kites) and pu¯ rere­hua (but­ter­flies) , sto­ry­telling, tra­di­tional Ma¯ori games, and much more.

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