Whole town set to light up for month of winter wonder

NICOLE SHARP
Last updated 05:00 28/06/2013

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Winter will brighten for Te Anau residents and visitors next month as lights take over town buildings and fill the streets.

Te Anau Winter Illuminations will begin tomorrow night as the town lights up for the month.

Event organiser Jan Ludemann said the aim was to bring a bit of joy to the community.

With holiday homes empty and the town being a quiet place through the colder months, it was a way to let people know they were still "alive and kicking", she said.

Most businesses had got behind the event but it was not about spending or making money for businesses.

"We want the whole town to light up," she said.

Management at the Distinction Hotel showed support for the event by organising 50 Chinese wish lanterns to be released when the lights came on.

An Illumination Ball would also be held tomorrow night.

Other activities during the month-long illumination would include the American car club Tour of Duty, a firelight gathering at the Te Anau club, and the annual Fiordland golf club classic.

Fire sirens would keep the town in the loop as they notified the town of the lights out.

Fairy lights would then take over the town as businesses and residents hit the on switch at 6.30pm.

The winter illuminations come after Venture Southland announced it would include Te Anau in an economic impacts study it was conducting.

The Directorate of Venture Southland has approved up to $15,000 to extend the study to Fiordland.

Te Anau and Manapouri Fishing Classic, Milford Mountain Classic and the Te Anau Harness Street Race were the three events to be researched.

Venture Southland has been researching the impact of Invercargill and Gore events since the end of last year.

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