Project lights up a dark winter's night

22:09, Jun 30 2013
Te Anau lights
Te Anau Winter illumination starts on Saturday night where the town lights up to brighten up the winter nights. The tree outside the library plus the library has been lit up by the Southland District Council, and the Ranch has joined into the spirit as well.
Te Anau lights
The tree outside the library has been lit up by the Southland District Council.
Te Anau lights
Southern Lakes Helicopters have lit up their lakefront helipad.

Te Anau turned on the atmosphere for the opening night of Winter Illuminations on Saturday.

Event organiser Jan Ludemann said the whole town had embraced the spirit of Winter Illuminations, a project to light up Te Anau during the darkest season of the year.

About 1000 people - many bearing fire poi and glowsticks - watched as the town centre switched off the lights at 6.20pm, with Chinese lanterns and wartime floodlights used to brighten the darkness, she said.

"It was just a fantastic atmosphere. It was just like New Year's Eve, really."

Many then changed into their finery for the Illumination Ball, which was also held on Saturday night, she said.

Winter Illuminations events will continue every night for a month, and include a glow-in-the-dark speedminton competition, a firelight gathering, and the annual Fiordland golf club classic.

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