Auckland Anniversary Day
Happy Auckland Anniversary Day! It is a public holiday that falls on the Monday closest to January 29th every year. It is the anniversary of the arrival of William Hobson, later the first Governor of New Zealand, in the Bay of Islands in 1840. A major event for the Anniversary Day is the Auckland Anniversary Regatta is one of the largest single-day regattas and is the oldest sporting event in New Zealand.
The seafood festival was also this weekend and Jimmy Buffett was supposed to perform. I was keen to go to the show, but it was a good thing I didn't spend money on the ticket in the end. I only say that because while Buffett was at one of his shows in Australia he fell off the stage pretty hard and was in the hospital. He had initially said the concert would still go on as planned, but then it was cancelled because the doctors recommended that he stay in the hospital for a few more days. Sorry, Kiwis, no Jimmy Buffett for you guys.