12 Dec 2023

North Canterbury town makes bid for dark sky status

From Nights, 10:45 pm on 12 December 2023

A North Canterbury community's bid to become one of the premiere stargazing areas in New Zealand is a step closer. The Oxford Dark Sky Group has submitted its application for dark sky park status for the 11,350ha Oxford Forest Conservation Area. The decision will ultimately lie with the International Dark-Sky Association to determine whether Oxford fits the criteria. Raul Elias-Drago from the Oxford Dark Sky Group tells Mark Leishman about the work that's gone into the bid.