Water Tower Lights
During February 1932, Hāwera celebrated its fiftieth jubilee celebrations. A half-ton jubilee cake studded with silver and gold coins took pride of place at an exhibition where photographs, paintings, sketches and Māori artefacts were on display. The Water Tower was lit by 500 lamps to mark the occasion.
The organisers declared a small profit and the Borough Council unanimously agreed that it would be well spent placing neon lighting tubes around the drum of the tower as a memorial to the town’s pioneers and a perpetual memorial of the Jubilee.
The neon lights gained official recognition as aids to navigation by ships at sea and passing aircraft and in 1932 were said to be the highest neon lights in Australasia as well as the tallest lighthouse in New Zealand.
In 2020, the red neons were replaced with LED lights and now the colours can be changes to different colours, patterns and strobe.
Community groups, organisations or businesses can apply to have the lights changed for a set time to a colour that may represent an acknowledgement or significant event for them.
Fill out the form below to apply to have them changed.