Students picture the future with light rail

Three Auckland schools have won a drawing competition for picturing a future with light rail from the City Centre to Māngere.

Congratulations to Nevaeh from Māngere Central School, Alexi from Waterlea Primary, and Eshaal from Waikōwhai Intermediate who have each won $1,000 for their school to put towards transport costs for their next field trip.

Their winning artworks were also displayed on bus shelters and buses along the City Centre to Māngere light rail route, with each of the buses seen by over 12,000 people every day.

Minister of Transport, Hon Michael Wood, pictured with Māngere Central School's winner, Nevaeh.

The competition was run as part of Auckland Light Rail's community engagement programme in 2021, with judges selecting three winners from over 200 entries. Children were invited to draw their future neighbourhood with modern, frequent and environmentally friendly light rail to get around.

The ALR team was really impressed with the creativity and positive vision that came through from our youth. Across the entries we saw an understanding of how light rail connects people to work, study and play within thriving urban hubs.

ALR Project Director, Tommy Parker, and Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board Chair, Tauanu’u Nanai Nick Bakulich, pictured with Alexi from Waterlea Primary School.

Initially promoted through schools and at community events, the competition was extended when the country went into lockdown last August. It provided an activity at home for many children who submitted their artwork during the lockdown period.

Waikōwhai Intermediate winning student, Eshaal, pictured with Minister of Transport, Michael Wood.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to draw and share their aspirations for Auckland. Take a look at the competition gallery below – we’ve spotted a few potential future artists, urban designers, transport planners and engineers!

If you’d like to join our mailing list to receive regular updates on the project, or if you just have a question, email us at: info@aucklandlightrail.govt.nz.