Winners ready to light up the bridge!

The Judges


Vector and Auckland Council are very happy to announce we have found the bright young sparks who will get to ‘flick the switch’ to turn on Vector Lights this Anniversary Weekend!

Primary and intermediate school students were asked to put their inventor’s caps on for the Design The Future competition and show us a great idea that is useful, creative, and powered by a smart energy source.

The Design The Future judges were Auckland’s Mayor Phil Goff, Vector’s CEO Simon Mackenzie, and Dr Michelle Dickinson a.k.a. Nanogirl. They were very impressed with the high quality of all the entries, and are looking forward to meeting and congratulating all the winners at the launch of Vector Lights on Saturday 27 January.


Design The Future winners:

Eloise Pinker

Age 7, Meadowbank Primary School

Design: “Sea Cleaner Robot


Ava Tillick

Age 10, Willow Park School, Hillcrest

Design: “Friction Tubing


Amelia Floyd and Sophie Wood

Age 11, Churchill Park School and ACG, St Heliers

Design: “Cargo Ship



Design The Future runners-up:

Nathan Marshall

Age 7, Waterlea School, Mangere Bridge

Design: “Rain water wheel power”


Cohen Logue

Age 10, Takapuna Primary School

Design: “Pedal Power Phone Charger


Nikita Lee

Age 11, Devonport Primary School

Design: “Rubbish cleaner



Our Design The Future winners and runners-up will be guests of honour at the launch event.

At 9.00pm; Eloise, Ava, Amelia and Sophie will turn on Vector Lights for the first time and start the show.

Auckland Council and Vector have formed a smart energy partnership, in collaboration with the NZ Transport Agency, that will see Auckland’s iconic Harbour Bridge lit up by cutting-edge solar, battery and peer-to-peer technology.


Vector Lights will become a showcase of smart energy technology, and a guiding light toward innovation.


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