Vector Lights on Waitangi Weekend

Vector Lights
Vector Lights’ first Waitangi show tells the story of Hauturu-O-Toi (Little Barrier Island) 

Ngati Manuhiri, Ngati Rehua, Vector and Auckland Council have partnered to acknowledge our national day by telling an ancient cultural story through this remarkable new innovation. 

Waitangi Day, the Treaty of Waitangi and our mana whenua iwi all have strong connections to the principle of kaitiaki – protection or guardianship of our natural environment. The story Vector Lights tells this week is built upon this principle.

Vector Lights on Waitangi weekend – what you need to know:
  • The Waitangi light and sound show starts at 9.00pm on Friday 2 Feb and runs through to Waitangi Day, Tuesday 6 Feb.
  • Duration is approx 10 minutes, and will repeat on the hour until midnight. (9pm, 10pm, 11pm, 12am)
  • Get out on one of these five 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
  • The show will also be a live-streamed on 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 9 chapters:

In the beginning the world was cloaked in an ever-lasting and consummate darkness known as Te Po, the night, Te Po nui the big night, Te Po roa the long night.

From the deepest night came the first streaks of light and dawn descended upon the earth and was known as Te Ao Marama, the world of light.

CHAPTER 3: Te Ao Tangata
And the world rejoiced in the life-giving light and the earth was bountiful and abundant.

CHAPTER 4: Te Whenua
Rising out of the great ocean of Toi, the navigator, is the wondrous island of Hauturu-o-Toi (Little Barrier Island).

CHAPTER 5: Nga Kaitiaki
Protected by the ancient guardians Te Whai Rahi, the giant stingray and Te Mauri, the great shark.

CHAPTER 6: Te Waonui o Tane
The island is the home of Tane, God of the forest and the natural world.

CHAPTER 7: Nga manu
Bird song fills the forests and rings out across the island, the kokako, kakapo, taiko, kiwi, kereru, tui and hihi are just some of the special taonga found on Hauturu.

CHAPTER 8: Tangaroa
The island is surrounded by deep vast oceans and is the home of Tangaroa, God of the ocean and marine life.

CHAPTER 9: Hauturu-o-Toi

Ngati Manuhiri and Ngati Rehua are the people of the Hauturu-o-Toi.
Hei tiaki i te whenua
Hei tiaki i te whanau
Hei tiaki i nga mokopuna
He kaitiaki koe
He kaitiaki au

Protecting the land
Protecting the family
Protecting the next generation
You are a guardian
I am a guardian

To find out more about about Hauturu-O-Toi, visit Ngati Manuhiri and Ngati Rehua​

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