What does that mean??
The IDA established the International Dark Sky Places conservation programme in 2001 to recognise ‘excellent stewardship of the night sky’. Designations are based on scientifically measured darkness of sky as well as stringent outdoor lighting standards and innovative community outreach.
The application for the international sanctuary status was lodged by Great Barrier Local Board with support from Auckland Council, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED), the Department of Conservation, iwi, the Auckland Astronomical Society and Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye.
Because Great Barrier Island is mostly ’off the grid’, light pollution is minimal, allowing for a good view of the spectacular night sky.