PICTURED: Destination Great Barrier Island (DGBI) chairwman Reverend Caroline Leys and Orama Oasis leadership team member Paul McGlashan.  

Dark sky bid

By . Photography by Paul Charman. 2017 may

Great Barrier Island has applied to the Arizona-based International Dark-Sky Association to be declared an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, capitalising on its lack of light pollution and brilliant starry nights. A Dark Sky Sanctuary must have an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment, and is protected for its scientific, natural, or educational value, its cultural heritage and/or public enjoyment.