Ports of Auckland will once again turn off its lights as a mark of respect and remembrance on ANZAC Day.
Over 1,000 lights will be turned off for 40 minutes between 0600hrs and 0640hrs during the Dawn Ceremony being held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Lighting is essential for the Port’s 24 hour operation, so work will stop while the lights are off.
This is the thirteenth year the Port has marked ANZAC Day in this way. The lights used to be turned off to make the Dawn Service darker, but since the lights were modified in 2005 they no longer affect the service.
“Turning the port lights out has become a tradition for us,” Chief Executive Tony Gibson says. “We’re pleased to be able to contribute to Auckland’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service,” he said.
All primary lighting from Fergusson Container Terminal to Captain Cook Wharf will be turned off.
The lights at Fergusson and Bledisloe Terminals can be turned off remotely, but other lights at the port have to be switched off manually - it takes about an hour to turn all the lights off.