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The future looks brighter than ever for Hauraki District thanks to a funding boost from NZ Transport Agency. Over the next few months most street lights in the District will be converted to new state-of-the-art LED lights. Exceptions include State Highways, which are maintained by NZ Transport Agency, and some higher use local roads which require specialised light types and design.

NZ Transport Agency is co-investing in the project as part of its national programme to provide an 85 percent subsidy to local councils upgrading to more efficient lighting in the 2017/18 financial year.

Council Engineering Services Group Manager Adrian de Laborde says there are many benefits to installing the new lights.

“LED lights last up to six times longer, use less electricity and cost less overall to maintain. The lights also provide better visibility which makes them safer for vehicles and pedestrians, while reducing light pollution substantially at the same time,” he said.

Shedding some light in Whiritoa

In Whiritoa, road lighting in general is being assessed, along with the LED upgrade.

De Laborde says road lighting in the area is due for review. The Council is seeking feedback from the community on how well positioned the current lighting is and where additional lighting might be needed from a road safety perspective.

Read more about the Whiritoa lighting review and help us work out if and where improvements might be needed. 

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