Wairarapa Dark Sky Association.

We are a community initiative to protect and enhance the beautiful dark skies and natural wildlife habitats we enjoy. Preserve, protect, enhance and promote the Wairarapa region’s pristine dark skies for future generations.

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The Wairarapa Dark Sky Association, which grew out of the founding Martinborough Dark Sky Society group, plans to lodge a full International Dark Sky Association “dark sky reserve” accreditation bid in 2021. This will place Wairarapa firmly in the rapidly emerging movement of dark sky places, providing a firm endorsement of the darkness of the sky here. The accreditation bid will be supported by measures taken by the Wairarapa Councils to ensure that light pollution is managed according to best practice, and that the pristine Wairarapa skies will be preserved.

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Light pollution is a threat to our environment, our health and a waste of money.
It disconnects us from our cultural heritage. 

Statement: Wairarapa Dark Sky Association _ 30 June 2021

At meetings Wednesday the councils of South Wairarapa and Carterton District Councils formally adopted new lighting controls which are needed to comply with the rules of the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) for formal dark sky reserve status.

The Wairarapa Dark Sky Association, which grew out of the founding Martinborough Dark Sky Society group, plans to lodge a full International Dark Sky Association “dark sky reserve” accreditation bid by late 2020. When the reserve encompasses the Wairarapa region from South Coast to north of Masterton, it could become one of the world’s largest dark sky reserves.

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Thank you to all our amazing sponsors.

Our Principal Sponsor, Westpac,
generously co-funded the development of an economic study of the impact of dark sky accreditation on the Wairarapa economy.