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SkyCity Auckland says the Sky Tower will be lit blue this Father’s Day, to say acknowledge all the Fathers and Father-figures in our lives, saying ‘thank you’.
The Sky Tower is the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest free-standing building. Based in the middle of Auckland, it is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable buildings.
In late 2019, the outside lights on the Sky Tower were changed to use LED, supporting SkyCity’s climate change commitment to decrease carbon emissions from the Sky Towers lighting by 10%.
SkyCity lights the Sky Tower for charities or community request that they support financially, to mark national holidays, milestones or other celebrations and events, or as a symbol of respect or solidarity.
Auckland’s Sky Tower was previously lit blue earlier this year on 19 June after the death of Matthew Dennis Hunt. He was a constable of the New Zealand Police who was shot dead while doing a traffic stop in the suburb of Massey in Auckland, at the age of 28.
“Tonight our Sky Tower will be lit blue in honour of Auckland Police officer, Constable Matthew Dennis Hunt who was killed in the line of duty yesterday. Our thoughts are with Constable Hunt’s family and the entire New Zealand Police community mourning this tragic loss.💙,” said SkyCity group on 20 June.
Earlier in the month, police across all of New Zealand held a one minute’s silence in honour of the constable.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster directed all police flags to be lowered at half-mast throughout the day.
Some of the standard colours of the Sky Tower are on the list below:
- Green base and yellow top – Daffodil Day
- Orange at the base fading to yellow at the top – Celebrating Matariki
- Rainbow – Pride Festival and other significant events for New Zealand’s Rainbow community
- Pink – Mother’s Day, New Zealand Breast Cancer Awareness Week, or Pink October
- Blue – Blue September
- Red top with Poppy emblem projection – ANZAC Day
- Red and green – Christmas
- Red and gold – Chinese New Year
- Green – St Patrick’s Day
- Red top – Cure Kids Red Nose Day
- Lights off – Earth Hour
Image courtesy: SkyCity Group