Har­bour Bridge lights up

North Harbour News - - IN BUSINESS - STAFF RE­PORTER

Auck­land’s har­bour be­came a mul­ti­me­dia stage in a mas­sive light and sound show on Satur­day night.

Ninety thou­sand LED lights and 100 flood­lights beamed and flashed from the Har­bour Bridge in time with orig­i­nal mu­sic, de­light­ing thou­sands who packed view­ing points around the city to watch.

Ev­ery vis­i­ble beam, arch, pile, girder, strut and py­lon lit up for a six-minute show which was re­peated at 9.30pm, then ev­ery half hour un­til mid­night.

The cel­e­bra­tion on Fe­bru­ary 27 – en­ti­tled Vec­tor Lights – was billed as a salute to Auck­land’s di­verse cul­tures and fea­tured Poly­ne­sian drum­ming and te reo Ma¯ ori lyrics along­side the daz­zling lights.

Dozens of boat­ies took to the wa­ter for the show, while thou­sands watched it live at en­ergy com­pany Vec­tor’s Face­book. The mu­sic was also streamed in sync on Coast FM.

View­ers de­scribed the show as ‘‘mag­i­cal’’, ‘‘awe­some’’ and ‘‘spec­tac­u­lar’’.

‘‘Great to see the bridge all dressed up,’’ one said. The lights will be re-pro­grammed for a dif­fer­ent show on Wai­tangi Day.

The bridge is be­lieved to be the first ma­jor one in the world to be lit en­tirely by so­lar power, draw­ing its en­ergy from 600 so­lar pan­els feed­ing into frid­ge­sized Tesla bat­ter­ies. Vec­tor has com­mit­ted $10 mil­lion to the project for in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance costs over the next 10 years.

PHIL WAL­TER/GETTY IMAGES

There were ninety-thou­sand LED lights.

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