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Winter Lights festival saved by sponsors

Flagstaff Team

The popular Winter Lights festival in Takapuna will shine on this July, after last-minute efforts secured sufficient sponsorship.
Displays and performances will centre on Waiwharariki Anzac Square and spill into Hurstmere Rd and Hurstmere Green, rather than take up the full town-centre block. Potters Park will be included for the first time, with a laser-lights display.
Takapuna Beach Business Association chief executive Terence Harpur said he was thrilled the TBBA would be able to again host the free community event.
This was put at risk when cash-strapped Auckland Council promotional agency Tataki Auckland Unlimited withdrew support, which last year totalled $40,000. An application by event organiser Dan Green for a Devonport-Takapuna Local Board grant was ruled ineligible last month.
Harpur said enough had been raised to commit to the event being held over the four evenings of 25-28 July. An application had also been made to a council civic-events fund which he hoped might further bolster the budget.

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