Kiwi landmarks to light up for royal baby

  • 08/07/2013

Some of New Zealand's biggest and most famed landmarks, including Auckland's Sky Tower, will be lit up in pink or blue to herald the arrival of the tiniest British royal.

Monarchy New Zealand has announced plans for a vibrant nationwide light show to celebrate the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby, expected in mid-July.

Among buildings to be lit are the Sky Tower and The Cloud in Auckland, Christchurch Airport, Dunedin Town Hall, Otago Settlers Museum and Tirau's sheep dog-shaped visitor centre made from corrugated iron.

"That one's certainly going to look interesting, especially in pink," the organisation's chairman Sean Palmer told NZ Newswire.

"Not that I'm guessing colours or anything."

He said about 20 sites had so far signed up to join the festivities, with the display set to start at dusk on the day following the royal birth.

He wanted Wellington's parliament buildings to be involved.

"They couldn't be tempted though as they have policies against such things," Dr Palmer said.

He said the birth of William and Kate's baby was an opportunity to build on growing interest in the monarchy in New Zealand following their widely publicised wedding in 2011.

The queen herself was also "extremely popular", with her diamond jubilee celebrations in 2012 attracting huge attention here.

"Frankly, being a constitutional monarchy has made New Zealand the envy of many, many nations," Dr Palmer said.

"It works exceptionally well here and this, the exciting birth of a new royal, is a great way to celebrate that."

Other buildings to join the festivities include Napier's Gilray Fountain, Hamilton's Victoria Bridge and Whangarei's Old Town Hall.

New Plymouth had to come up with alternatives depending on sex, with its town hall only able to glow blue and the clock tower pink.


source: newshub archive