Happy new year lads and ladesses, hope things will get better up north this year. We had our new year start with a fireworks display on the Auckland Sky Tower which was pretty crap compared to the Sydney one (links to both), but had thousands packing the down town waterfront area around the viaduct Harbour area where all the bars are (and Americas Cup Bases). Traffic jams for Africa apparently with people stuck in town for hours. It appeared that people came up from Hamilton (1.5hrs south) to party in Auckland as well, going by the southern motorway traffic.
Hope we don't get a bunch of chinflu cases out of all this to spoil everything. I wasn't about to risk anything by going into the city, and can't be bothered with crowds anyhow. Neighbours across the way had an all day Thursday to 2am Friday new years bash with heaps of people and music, so it was almost like being there. My son and his mates rent big farm house so had an all day and night Friday hooley in the paddock next door (on another mates parents farm) with a bonfire and all the associated stuff. AAh,- just like the good old days when we were allowed parties and bonfires on the beach, and the fire brigade didn't turn up and put them out like they will now, (we have the greenies/ fun police to thank for that)
Most people have gone away now so it's been a bit quiet today, just have to put up with the beach invaders over the holidays now😀 . It's not all beer and skittles down here as we are still importing live cases, which is a bit like the govt playing Russian roulette with our health, but you can still see people being cautious which is good. Anyhoo, all the best, keep safe and keep positive and I'm sure things will come right eventually,- we'll just have to learn to live with this for a while.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBmJz-vtqXg&t=69s (Sydney display) Pic is of the Viaduct Harbour bar area (virtually all bars, right around the basin, would have been sardine city on New Years' eve). 2 of the old NZ Americas Cup yachts in the pic, (now charter match racing experience boats). Sky Tower behind (328m, anyone up for doing this😮- wonder if everyone has to wear plastic pants as a precaution😁)