You can see the sparkle yourself on the doorstep of the city’s newest landmark – He Ara Kotahi bridge.
Over the next year, an additional 500m long pattern will be installed further up the riverbank between Albert Street and Ruahine Street. Designed by Rangitāne, the pattern symbolises the ferocity of the river’s water. Spanning 2.2 hectares it will be visible from Te Motu o Poutoa, a site of great significance to iwi and home to some of the best views of the city.
The lighting choice is very intentional and aligned with our Eco-City commitment. They're zero energy, innovative and won’t cause any major problems if the river floods. There’s also no light pollution, so people with homes near the river won’t be disturbed and those standing on it can still get a spectacular view of the stars above.
The star paths form part of a wider lighting strategy to encourage more people to safely enjoy the river park during the evening. He Ara Kotahi has recently been lit with lights that tell a story about the bridge and the history of the location. Fitzherbert Bridge, which connects Massey University and Food HQ campuses to Tennent Drive and the CBD, is also getting new lighting in the next few years.
In each case, Council and Rangitāne are working together to ensure the lighting along the river tells stories of the past and inspires stories for the future as people venture out and make new memories together.