People's ability to see starlight is in increasing danger due to light pollution and pollution of the air. Many people around the world cannot see stars anymore because of night light pollution.
The Mount John Observatory, located above Lake Tekapo near Mount Cook in the South Island, is home to six telescopes, including NZ’s biggest telescope which measures 1.8m across and can observe 50 million stars each clear night. There are fears that the night sky will be compromised in the future by light pollution emanating from encroaching housing developments. Development must be very carefully managed and this is where the heritage protected status comes in. It would be a terrible pity if we were all to lose sight of the beautiful night sky.
Photographer unknown but see http://www.laketekapo.cc/star.html where I found this one and many other awesome photos.