Our "Picture the Future” competition has now closed.

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 and transport planners in there!

We’ve had to postpone setting up the art gallery for the judging event due to lockdown. When COVID 19 alert levels reduce we will set up the gallery at the Light Rail office and the judges will meet to view the entries and select the three winners.

If you find any extra entries in the classroom when you return to school that your students may have been working on, then we are happy to accept them. You can fire them through to us at: lightrail@nzta.govt.nz and we’ll add them to the competition. Just make sure each entry has the the student’s name, name of school and room number. Remember that entry via the website has closed.

We will provide an update to schools and on this page early in term 4. 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: lightrail.govt.nz.

We look forward to seeing the three winning artworks decorating local buses, and awarding $1000 towards transport costs for the next school trip to three winning schools!

About the competition

We invited kids to imagine what their neighbourhood or city will look like in the future with modern, frequent and environmentally friendly light rail to get around, and to send us a drawing of it. We invited students and teachers to think about:

  • What could light rail trains, stops, or stations be like, and what might appear around them?
  • Will there be less cars? What will be taking their place?
  • What will shops and homes look like?
  • What will they be doing in the future?

The winning artwork will be displayed on a public bus and we’ll cover $1000 worth of travel costs for your school’s next school trip.