Going to Town With Feature Lights

The town centres will soon be lit up with feature lighting following Council’s approval to install a variety of lighting in both the Rangiora and Kaiapoi Town Centre’s.

Blurred coloured lightsThe coloured lights, previously strung from pole to pole in Rangiora’s High Street and on wooden boards on the street light poles in Kaiapoi, are well past their best and so old that replacement bulbs are no longer available. Businesses, the community and Council were keen to see the towns lit up again, and the wait is almost over as the plan is to have the towns lighting up in time for Christmas.

Councillor Dan Gordon said the new lights will create an ambient welcome for locals as well as visitors to our towns.

“We’ve been working closely with retailers, the community and Rangiora-Ashley Community Board to get the town centre lights and it’s great to see the lighting approved by Council.” Cr Gordon said.

The lights will change colours at different times of the year to highlight different occasions and special events, such as making them green for St Patrick’s Day.

Established trees along Rangiora’s High Street will be lit, along with two large trees in front of the Council building. Further street lighting options for Rangiora Town Centre will be considered in Council’s Long Term Plan.

For Kaiapoi, four plane trees in Raven Quay and the large tree on the south eastern corner of the Williams Street Bridge will have up-lights, and approvals were made for six in-ground LED lights for established trees in Trousselot Park.

This is the first stage of lighting for Kaiapoi with plans to replace the lights under the Williams Street Bridge and to install new street lights along the bridge.  

Business and Centres Manager Simon Hart says “This lighting is another great step forward for the regeneration of the Kaiapoi Town Centre following the recent developments along the river banks. The community has been telling us how much they’re enjoying the enhancements and vibrancy of our main street.”