DOC Mt Cook

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Andrew Powazynski

Programme Manager Local Body & Infrastructure Assets

Department Of Conservation

AorakiMount CookNational Park



First of all I would like to take this opportunity to say how honoured I am to have been asked to provide a supporting reference and that I have no reservations about providing such a reference for Nicola and her company.  This only confirms the understanding and professional working relationship that Aoraki Mount Cook Local Body has with Solar Bright Limited.


If I may, I would like to provide a little background information on how we came to work together.  As the manager for Local Body Assets & Infrastructure working for the Department of Conservation in one of New Zealand’s iconic National Parks here in Aoraki Mount Cook, (receiving over 350,000 visitors annually) we secured funding for a major refurbishment of the village 2.5 kilometres of road and street lighting, which also includes residential housing.


Our vision for the lighting was two fold, firstly to revitalise our aged lighting system and work in conjunction with Mackenzie District Councils Starlight Reserve Programme, which is to reduce light pollution and spillage in the district which in turn will enhance the starlight viewing experience for all in the region, and the World Heritage Starlight Programme.  And secondly to reduce the village power usage, costs and the high maintenance we endure living in such a high wind environment.


After in depth research of lighting companies, we approached Solar Bright Ltd who were very keen and enthusiastic to become involved in the design, upgrade and the provision of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting to this iconic area.


I believe that Nicolas organisational and managerial skills have been tested to the full on this project. From concept, Nicola and her team have been extremely professional, supportive and pioneering in the ideas they have put forward to help us achieve our vision and goal.  Every detail no matter how minor was covered by the team, from specific design of lighting for the area, ability for easy maintenance to the colour of paint.  Even down to the logistics of ensuring all organisations come together at the right time, delivering on time and within a budget highlights the professionalism of this relatively juvenile company.



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