I managed to get a halfway decent spot on a fence along the wharf to see the ships as they went by. I'll share some pics with you, my favorite readers.
These boats and ships are a celebration of Kupe, the Polynesian explorer that led the ancestors of the Maori to Aoteroa, now called New Zealand. He didn't go to Wellington on his first visit, as my Maori tour guide in Whanagerai was keen to point out.
I liked the ceremony though it could have used more screens and speakers. I'll post more photos later in the week as I get more time.