Royal baby to light up the night

07:53, Jul 09 2013
Kate Middleton
ROYAL MUM-TO-BE: The first child of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William is due any day.

More than 20 New Zealand landmarks will be regally lit up after the birth of the royal baby, as monarchists gain support for their colourful idea.

Monarchy New Zealand has announced the names of the buildings, monuments and landmarks to be lit up on the night after the announcement of the birth the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby.

Selected landmarks will be lit in either pink or blue, depending on the baby's gender. The baby is due on Saturday.

Monarchy New Zealand has a vast array of iconic landmarks on the list of those to be lit up.

Those farthest north are the Victoria Canopy Bridge and Old Town Hall in Whangarei, while Dunedin will have the Town Hall, Larnach Castle, Otago Settlers Museum, and even the Wall St Mall lit up, to make sure late-night shoppers are aware of the news of the baby's birth.

Both the Sky Tower and the Cloud in Auckland will receive the royal light treatment, while the digital wall at Wellington Airport and the domestic terminal at Christchurch Airport will also be pink or blue for the evening.

Monarchy New Zealand chairman Sean Palmer said the great thing about the project was the involvement of the whole country.

"Towns and cities across the nation are contributing to a larger celebration.

"There are towers and town halls, airports and bridges, fountains and sculptures. Even the iconic, giant, metal sheepdog in Tirau will be sporting a colourful coat."

He hoped other landmarks would join in, and said the organisation was still working on a reasonable number of them.

"It's a monumental project, if you'll pardon the pun."

The lighting would be undertaken mainly with floodlights and LED, although some coloured gel filters would be used on existing white lights at landmarks.

Wellington co-ordinator Aaron Hape said the monarchy was an important part of our constitution.

"We share the Queen and royal family with a number of other nations, but they belong to us as much as any other.

"This initiative is a great way for New Zealand to stake its claim on the most famous family in the world," Hape said.

Christchurch co-ordinator Alex Summerlee was pleased that Christchurch would have the opportunity to demonstrate its continuing recovery following the Canterbury earthquakes.

"The new domestic terminal at the Christchurch International Airport will be a vivid demonstration of our recovery, and Christchurch's close connection to the monarchy in general and Prince William in particular," Summerlee said.

Auckland co-ordinator Lauren Wallis said Auckland's lit-up buildings would be visible for many kilometres in all directions.

"Auckland has some of the largest buildings in the country and in the southern hemisphere.

Waikato co-ordinator Caleb Watson said it was great to see that support for the monarchy was strong in both urban and rural areas.

"This project has allowed lots of smaller towns to take part in a nationwide story."

The participating landmarks are:

Sky Tower (Auckland) 

The Cloud (Auckland) 

Christchurch Airport 

Larnach Castle (Dunedin) 


Town Hall (Dunedin) 

Toitū Otago Settlers Museum (Dunedin) 

Wall Street Mall (Dunedin) 

Tairawhiti Guardian Sculpture (Gisborne) 

Town Clock (Gisborne) 

Victoria Bridge (Hamilton) 

War Memorial Clock Tower (Blenheim) 

Wairarapa Times Age Building (Masterton) 

Gilray Fountain (Napier) 

Christ Church Cathedral (Nelson) 

Clock Tower OR Puke Ariki (New Plymouth) 

Princes Gates (Rotorua) 

Great Lakes Centre (Taupo) 

Clock Tower (Te Aroha) 

i-Site Dog (Tirau) 

Digital Wall Wellington Airport 

The Majestic Centre lights (Wellington) 

Old Town Hall (Whangarei) 

Victoria Canopy Bridge (Whangarei) 

Opera House (Oamaru)