Horowhenua Chronicle - 2021-07-23


Town lights up for Matariki


Bruce Falloon

With the weather and the coronavirus occupying us, Night Lights over Foxton was the sweetener everyone enjoyed. Karanama Peita did the karakia and then Rhys Doherty from Image Group in Palmerston North pushed the button and De Molen was lit up, along with a brilliant slide show on Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom. The night in Foxton shone brighter than ever, best described as a psychedelic kaleidoscope of glittering shapes and patterns. It drew a large crowd, digging into food truck delicacies and revelling at the lights which seemed to be everywhere. Event organiser Arjen van der Boon said, “This is the first ever lights over Foxton Matariki event and we hope to even do it bigger and more colourful next year. It’s very pleasing to see a good crowd in excess of 1000 people, which is great. “It was great that the whole community is behind this. All Saints church is open with its heritage organ playing. Charlie Pedersen is doing a slide show. With the De Molen flying its blades, everyone has come together enjoying the show and supporting Foxton,” van der Boon said. “As this was the first time, we didn’t know if the light show would work, we didn’t know the slide show was going to work, however they are lighting up the night brightly, and along with the music playing, it’s all kind of magical.” “We upgraded our coloured lights for this inaugural Matariki celebration,” says Judy Sanson, president of De Molen Trust. “We’re now also talking to some lighting experts to see if we can install more fancy trickery to make our windmill shine bright at night.”


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