Auckland Harbour Bridge to put on a light show for Matariki

The energy for the 90,000 LED lights framing the bridge comes from 248 solar panels on North Wharf.
The energy for the 90,000 LED lights framing the bridge comes from 248 solar panels on North Wharf. Photo credit: file

The Auckland Harbour Bridge will be putting on a show for Matariki, lighting up to tell the story of Maki, the ancestor of iwi Te Kawerau ā Maki.

The display will run from 6pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays between July 1 and 22. It's a collaboration between Te Kawerau ā Maki and the Vector Lights project.

In January 2018 90,000 LED lights were installed on the bridge, powered by 248 solar panels sitting on North Wharf.

The display is used for special events across the year as part of a 10-year partnership between lines company Vector and Auckland Council.

"Lighting up the harbour bridge in a creative and exciting way will enhance its iconic nature," Mayor Phil Goff said in January.

"Using solar power to generate the energy required highlights our commitment to sustainable energy and tackling climate change."

Newshub.