Lighting Up Purple’ for World Prematurity Day


We have been working hard on this initiative and are proud to announce that a record number of iconic NZ landmarks and iconic buildings will be lit up purple alongside international landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Trevi Fountain and Niagra Falls, to join in a campaign for World Prematurity Day on 17 November.

This is the fifth time New Zealand has taken part in the ‘Lighting Up Purple’ campaign, which is designed to raise awareness of the 15 million babies born prematurely worldwide each year.

The team at the Trust work throughout the year to encourage uptake of the ‘Lighting Up Purple’ cause and this year we will see landmarks and buildings such as Eden Park, the Sky Tower, the Michael Fowler Centre and Majestic Centre in Wellington, Auckland’s Civic Theatre, Christchurch International Airport and Control Tower, the beautiful heritage-listed Oamaru Opera House, Dunedin’s historic railway station and the Clock Towers in Blenheim, New Plymouth, Hastings and Gisborne. And because we’re the first country in the world to see the sunset each day, New Zealand sets off the wave of purple light around the world.


This year we have at least 27 buildings and landmarks in New Zealand Lighting up Purple for us!  Please see list below.

Ashburton Clock Tower

Auckland Sky Tower

Eden Park

Auckland’ Silo Park

Blenheim Clock Tower

Christchurch Airport Control Tower

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū

Cromwell Sign & Fruit

Otago Boys High

Anzac Parade Hamilton Bridge

Hastings Clock Tower

Hawera Water Tower

Nelson Clock Tower

New Plymouth Clock Tower

New Plymouth Airport

Oamaru Opera House

Otago State Highway 1 Southern Motorway Riselaw Road bridge (Lookout Point)

Regent Theatre – Palmerston North

Palmerston North Clock Tower

Taumarunui Tree of Light

Taupo ‘Welcome’ sign

Upper Hutt statues

Wellington Cable Car

Wellington Bucket Fountain

Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

Whangarei Victoria Canopy Bridge

Whangarei Laurie Hill Park Tree

If you live in any of these wonderful places and could take photos of the landmarks lit up over the week 15th-21st November and send to us, that would be fabulous! Please send photos to

You can also tag us in any social media posts and use the hashtag #WorldPrematurityDay2021


Three images from previous years are below and a full gallery of many more images can be seen here.

The Michael Fowler Centre illuminated purple

The Toitu Settlers Museum looking great in purple.

The Christchurch International Airport Terminal illuminated purple