A range of local businesses are joining the Dark Sky Friendly scheme, a key requirement of the IDA before it can approve dark sky reserve status for the region. The rules are to ensure outdoor lighting and fittings comply with international regulations that prevent night sky glow and even lower it by using lower-temperature lights, fitting only down-lights or fitting timers so lights are on only when needed.
Martinborough Dark Sky Society chairman Lee Mauger said they were delighted that Peppers Parehua has become the latest committed to changing its lighting regime to fit within the Dark Sky Friendly rules. 'As part of the agreement the Society audited the businesses’ lighting, recommended changes to meet the regulations and congratulated Nathan for agreeing to make the changes as soon as practical,' said Mr Mauger.
Under the Dark Sky Friendly plan, businesses agree to manage the levels of light pollution generated, thus removing another source of light glow and preserving the clear, dark night sky the region uniquely enjoys, now and in the future.'The whole team at Peppers Parehua are delighted to be recognised and confirmed as a Martinborough Dark Sky Friendly business,' Peppers Parehua General Manager, Nathan Maynard says. 'The wonderful Wairarapa Milky Way at night is an experience we want to share with our guests.'
In return, the business becomes an accredited Dark Sky Friendly supporter, and is listed on the Society’s web site, https://martinboroughdarksky.org/ for visitors to access.
The Dark Sky Friendly scheme, which is being expanded to include interested home owners will aid the South Wairarapa District Council with its update of the region’s lighting ordinances to help control light pollution. This follows the award to Martinborough of “3K City” status by the IDA earlier this year after all new street lighting throughout the Wairarapa was installed with a rating of 3000 Kelvin, meeting the IDA’s rules for a dark sky reserve designation. The “3K City” award was the first in Australasia.