The Christchurch Transport Department has agreed that ecologically responsible shielded, low glare, amber 2200 K LED street lighting is ideally suited to the unique needs of the tiny and tranquil community Birdlings Flat. While this place is unusual in the fact that the a large proportion of residents don't want any street lights at all, it makes sense since the infrastructure is already in place, to ensure whatever lighting does replace the older high-pressure sodium (HPS) keeps residents and the area's wildlife happy and safe.
Banks Peninsula is home to the Hector's Dolphin, the world's smallest and rarest dolphin. There are also white flippered, and little penguins, fur seal colonies and many endangered bird species.
There is also strong local support for the other small communities on Banks Peninsula such as Akaroa and Little River to also have night sky-friendly amber 2200 K LED lighting. Right now, we're working towards helping make this happen. If successful, this would mean that Banks Peninsula has illumination that respects the human residents, wildlife, ecology, the nocturnal landscape, and the night sky.