night lights

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lit water

negates the darkness

then and now

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This beautiful fountain on Marine Parade in Napier New Zealand was donated by a local businessman Tom Parker. He provided the funds for it to be completed by Christmas 1936 as part of the re-developed park along the foreshore. Tom Parker believed the nightly display of this gushing multi-coloured lit fountain would  be a positive experience for the people of Napier as they recovered from the devastating 1931 earthquake. Jill and I visited the gardens and fountain each night we were in Napier and joined so many  locals and tourists especially children, who continue to enjoy Tom Parkers gift.

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17 thoughts on “night lights

    1. Thanks for such reflective comments Janice, you got me re-thinking as well. Tom Parker saw a fountain like this in England and then attempted to describe and have it copied. I am not sure if the English one was lit though.

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