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.