Lighting ordinances were introduced by the Mackenzie District Council in the 1980s to protect the night skies from light pollution. They have not only helped minimise light pollution for the nearby Mt. John Observatory, but also conserve energy, protect wildlife and make the area a popular stargazing destination for tourists.
The Mackenzie District Council has strict requirements about lighting in the District Plan and Resource Management Act, such as the shielding all lights from above to direct light downwards and regulations on duration, time, and frequency.
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