Auckland Council doesn’t have money to scratch its arse. And yet…

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In a world first, Auckland’s harbour bridge is to be decked out with permanent coloured lighting, powered completely by solar energy and batteries.

The multi-million dollar project is a partnership between Auckland Council and the power company Vector.

A total of 630 solar panels will be installed to power nearly 90,000 LED lights and 200 floodlights on the bridge.

The council said the project showed it was committed to energy efficiency, sustainability and low-carbon emissions.

The planning and installation of the lights is expected to take several months.

I have no problem with the concept of lighting up the bridge, making it a “thing” for tourists and generally turning the skyline around the harbour into a side-show.

But I do have to ask:  Was there definitely not a more deserving place for ratepayer money to be spent?

Oh wait… there’s always more of that.  Silly me.



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