This year, to lead New Zealand’s Waitangi Day celebration, Vector Lights will tell the story of the islands in Waitemata Harbour from the unique perspective of local iwi Te Kawerau a Maki, in a colourful and lively light and audio show.
Vector Lights on Waitangi Weekend - What you need to know:
- The Waitangi light and sound show starts at 9.00pm on Saturday 2 Feb and runs through to Thursday 7 Feb at midnight.
- Duration is approx. 7 minutes and will repeat every half hour until midnight.
- Get out on one of these six nights and enjoy the experience from your favourite view point around the Waitematā harbour.
- Audio: bring your mobile device and speaker with you! There will be a dedicated audio stream synced to the light show at vector.co.nz/lights
- The show will also be live-streamed on vector.co.nz/lights and our Facebook page, so you can watch at home.
- Share your experience on Instagram and Twitter with #vectorlights
The Vector Lights Waitangi show is told in 6 chapters:
Chapter 1: Rangitoto appears suddenly, followed by the slow emergence of Te motu tapu a Taikehu.
Te unuhanga o Rangitoto
Te rangi i totongia a Tamatekapua
Te motu tapu a Taikehu
Chapter 2: Waka, captured in white triangular symbols of light, arrive.
Tainui Waka arrives in Tāmaki Makaurau
Te Kawerau a Maki are the northernmost tribe of the Tainui waka.
Te Kei o Te Waka, te kuaha ki te Kaipara
Chapter 3: Red stingray glide in with whale cries and dolphin calls filling the air.
Paneiraira was a taniwha that swam with the Tainui waka from Hawaiki. Taniwha can take many forms such as stingray, sharks, whales and octopus.
Chapter 4: Rangitoto erupts in a dramatic, evocative dance of colour and sound.
Te Motu o Rangitoto
Chapter 5: Birds symbolise new life.
Te Motu Tapu a Taikehu
Chapter 6: A fleet of waka in many colours enters the Waitematā Harbour.
Ngā waka o Taikehu me he kāhui kātaha, kapi tai
Vector Lights is part of a smart energy partnership between Vector and Auckland Council. Powered by a mix of leading clean energy technology, including solar, battery and peer-to-peer systems, Vector Lights transforms the Waitematā as a guiding light toward a smart energy future. See more about Vector Lights at vector.co.nz/lights