Pedestrian crossing lanterns

A series of pedestrian crossing lanterns of famous Wellington figures and icons have been installed around the capital to shine a light on their achievements.

The silhouettes replace the 'green man', and in some cases the 'red man', in the pedestrian 'cross now' lights.

Image of haka lantern at Waitangi Park pedestrian crossing

Haka lanterns to celebrate Te Matatini 2019

We consulted with iwi, and they were keen on something generic to represent Māori culture, so we came up with the concept of haka wahine and haka tangata.
We worked closely with NZTA and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori on the design and installation to coincide with the Te Matatini event in February 2019. 
They are installed around the Waitangi Park area indefinitely.

Kate Sheppard 

Kate Sheppard led the suffrage movement that resulted in New Zealand becoming the first country to introduce voting for women in 1893. 

Shining a light on this achievement, Kate signals when it's safe to cross the road at eight intersections near Parliament. 

Carmen lights up Cuba Street

Carmen Rupe, born in 1936, was simply known as Carmen in Wellington, around the country, and across the ditch. She was a famous drag performer, brothel keeper, anti-discrimination activist, would-be politician, and HIV/AIDS activist, who was a colourful member of the Cuba Street and transgender community until she died in 2011. 

Carmen's silhouette replaces the 'green man' at four intersections along Cuba Street.

War hero seen in new light

Born in 1881 in Wellington, Alfred Shout fought with the Australian army in Gallipoli after settling in Sydney with his family in 1905. While serving in Gallipoli he died from a severe wound at Lone Pine. He received a series of medals including the Military and Victoria Crosses, the latter of which is held in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. 

The Captain Alfred Shout pedestrian lanterns are located near the Pukeahu National war memorial park, honouring his contribution and acting as a reminder of the Kiwi connection with our Australian brothers-in-arms.