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Win the chance to turn on the Harbour Bridge lights

Published: 27 October 2017

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Create your vision for a smart energy future - and be in to win!

Auckland Council and Vector have formed a smart energy partnership that will light up Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge using cutting-edge solar technology.

We’re now looking for some bright young sparks to step up and win the chance to flick the switch to turn on Vector Lights!

Primary and intermediate school students, Year 3 to Year 8, are invited to put their inventor’s caps on and enter the Design the Future competition. 

Design the Future competition

Entries can be drawings, videos or models – anything goes! The competition closes on 26 NovemberRead all the instructions, terms and conditions and upload your entry at

Vector Lights will make the Harbour Bridge a showcase of smart energy technology. On launch night this summer, a stunning and unique light and sound show will illuminate the Waitematā Harbour.

We know we have lots of clever and creative kids who care about their environment and love new technology. So we’re asking kids from three age categories (school years 3-4, years 5-6, and 7-8) to show us their vision by drawing, making or filming (or any other creative method they choose!) something that will make life better. We want them to ignite their imagination!

Our three winners will then have a VERY special role to play in lighting up the Harbour Bridge – they will be guests of honour at the launch and will be the ones to turn on the lights and start the show.

The judges

Design The Future’s judges are Auckland’s Mayor Phil Goff, Vector’s CEO Simon Mackenzie, along with Dr Michelle Dickinson - a.k.a. Nanogirl.

Mayor Goff says, “Lighting up Auckland’s Harbour Bridge with solar-powered lights will make our city more interesting, exciting and demonstrate our commitment to sustainability.

“Using sustainable technology is an investment in Auckland’s future and I’m looking forward to seeing the ideas and innovation from young Aucklanders as they imagine the future of our city,” said Mayor Goff.

Vector CEO Simon Mackenzie says the Vector Lights installation is designed to be a bold demonstration of the potential for sustainable energy technology.

“Vector Lights is all about creating an event attraction for Auckland which leaves the planet in better shape for the next generation, so it’s appropriate to let that generation have a go at designing the energy landscape of in the future.”

Dr Michelle Dickinson adds, “This competition helps to nurture the creative potential of our students as they think about the future they would like to grow up in. Creativity is crucial for raising the next generation of problem solvers and I can’t wait to see what innovative ideas they will come up with.”