Hello there! It’s been a really busy summer as you’ll see from the THBC Facebook page. TrigHillBaseCamp
So we thought it’s high time to let you know about what’s been happening recently and what’s coming up over Autumn and into the Waiheke Winter months.
First and foremost!
Earlier in March the Waiheke Local Board resolved to move forward its initiative to “work to protect our night skies for present and future generations” by working towards an application for accreditation as an International Dark Sky Place. The Notice of Motion pointed out the the deep congruence of this initiative with community values and aspirations articulated in Essentially Waiheke vision:
– facilitates reconnection with nature;
– offers unique recreational and leisure opportunities;
– offers learning and opportunities, intellectual stimulation and citizen science opportunities for school goers, youth, adults and community groups;
– protects half the island’s natural environment (i.e. the sky) from light pollution;
– conserves the cultural/spiritual heritage of Maori astronomy knowledge and practice;
– nurtures an iconic Waiheke natural asset retaining its rural environment/character;
– paves the way for low-impact ecotourism economic development opportunities from sharing world-class night skies;
– provides a memorable visitor experience available after daylight hours and during the shoulder seasons (the night skies are at their best during winter months);
enables 24-hour enjoyment of the island’s reserves and parks;
– minimises damage to biodiversity from any disruption to circadian rhythm through excess lighting;
– maintains Waiheke’s attractive nightscapes and therefore its integrity and character in sharp contrast to the urban Auckland location;
– provides the opportunity to offer unique and diverse community activities such as those undertaken during 2017; and
– supports environmentally-responsible guardianship of a natural asset.
We congratulate the Waiheke Local Board on its vision and commitment to conservation.
This is fantastic news and now the DarkSkyNZ Waiheke Team including us (and you!) can continue preparing the application for accreditation. You may even see the NightShift Ravstar outside the studio from time to time, pop on in!
For more info visit: DarkSkyNZ FB page or NightShift- Stargazing Waiheke as there’s a lot going on with regular Ostend Market info stalls once a month and free public telescope viewing in the Artworks Courtyard and more!
And coming up June 2-4, we can’t wait! The Winter Open Studios Weekend this year Trig Hill will be the center of our universe with new works, jewellery, music and if it’s clear telescope viewing from the deck or up at Puke Atua. Tickets are just $20 for the whole weekend, it’s going to be astronomical!
That’s it for now, keep an eye on the Facebook pages for more frequent updates and images, and now it’s time to: