Christmas lights come down


PowerNet line mechanics dismantle Christmas lights above Tay St on Tuesday. Elevated Work Platforms (EWPs) were used to lower sections of the lights throughout the central business district (CBD) and road lanes were closed as the work was completed. Invercargill City Council (ICC) roading manager Russell Pearson said using the EWPs was a safe, quick and effective way to complete the task with minimum disruption to traffic. The LED lights had less costs associated with them compared with older decorations using sodium bulbs and they also weighed less and were easier to put up and take down, he said. Invercargill City Centre co-ordinator Kari Graber said she had heard only positive comments about the new lights and they added vibrancy to the CBD. The Christmas lights were purchased in 2016 when the ICC invested $249,000 in new decorations for the city. The lights were bought to replace $5500 of Christmas lights bought from China in 2015 which did not comply with New Zealand standards.

Photo: Hayden Williams

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