Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Auckland Harbour light shows confirmed for 2024

Vector Lights, a 10-year smart energy partnership between Auckland Council, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Vector, is set to dazzle Aucklanders and visitors with two captivating new light shows on the Auckland Harbour Bridge this year.

As part of Auckland Anniversary festivities, Vector Lights presents a new show by toi Māori artist Hokimai-anahera Rosieur (Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāpuhi and Te Aupōuri) and sound engineer Tawhirimatea Rosieur (Ngāti Manuhiri, Ngāpuhi and Te Aupōuri) that will transform the cityscape into a mesmerising visual spectacle.

For the commemoration of Waitangi Day, Vector Lights in collaboration with Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has created a new show around the waiata ‘Maunga’ by Majic Pāora and Robbie Pāora.

Waitematā Local Board Chair, Genevieve Sage is excited for Aucklanders and visitors to experience the two new shows this summer.

“The Auckland Harbour Bridge is an icon of our city, and a canvas of illumination for the incredible Vector Lights shows that tell the stories of this whenua,” she said.

“I encourage everyone to head down to Silo Park for the best viewing experience of these two incredible new sound and light shows.”

Vector’s Chief People and Communication Officer, Sarah Williams says both shows celebrate important occasions for the region and the contribution from the artists and local iwi is hugely valued and appreciated.

“We’re proud of the incredible stories we bring to life through the Vector Lights partnership and the opportunity to work with local artists and iwi to tell local stories in creative new ways,” said Ms Williams.

The Auckland Anniversary light and sound show, created by renowned local artist Hokimai-anahera Rosieur, commences with the sounds of the ocean, paying homage to Waitematā. Traditional instruments bring forth the gentle breeze, the vastness of the ocean, and the vibrant sea and bird life cultivating a serene ambience.

Through subtle echos, a karanga resonates with the tohu whenua / landmarks of Tāmaki, and creaking sails evoke the Herald ship entering the Waitematā Harbour, with a tolling bell signifying a time of change.

After a moment of silence, the guzheng, a traditional Chinese string instrument, makes a tranquil entry, weaved together with drums and other cultures’ instruments, mirroring the diverse cultural tapestry of Tāmaki Makaurau.

The new Auckland Anniversary Day show will play every 15 minutes from Tuesday 23 – Monday 29 January between 9pm until midnight; followed by the new Waitangi Day show playing every 15 minutes from Thursday 1 – Monday 6 February, between 9pm until midnight. You can listen to audio from both shows at www.vector.co.nz/lights

Due to critical maintenance work by NZTA, some of the lights will not appear on the east side of the overarch of Auckland Harbour Bridge. Completion of the work is expected by 31 March 2024.

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