Ports of Auckland operates 24
hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year - except for the duration of
the ANZAC Day dawn service at the nearby Auckland War Memorial Museum.
This year will mark the
seventeenth year the port will halt operations and switch off over 1,000 lights
across the Waitematā seaport during the
commemoration service as a sign of respect for those who served New Zealand in
In years prior to 2009, light
could be seen from the port as far as the museum until work was undertaken to
significantly reduce light pollution. By then, the act of pausing operations
and switching off the lights had become more than a logistical exercise and
solidified itself as port tradition.
“Switching off the lights and
pausing operations for the duration of the remembrance service has become a
tradition now embedded in our culture. It gives all of us, particularly our
staff who are unable to make a dawn service, a chance to pause, reflect and pay
our respects to those who served our country” says Ports of Auckland Chief
Executive Tony Gibson.
All primary lighting from
Fergusson Container Terminal to Captain Cook Wharf will be turned off between
6am and 6.40am on Tuesday, 25 April.
Currently it takes approximately 15 minutes for terminal lights to be
fully switched on or off, however with the introduction of LED
lighting across the terminal, it will be instantaneous.
Watch a video here of lights
being switched off during the 2015 ANZAC Day dawn service here.
For further information contact:
Head of Communications
P: +649 348 5262
M: +6421 495 645
E: [email protected]