Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Weather and this day in NZ history
Photos and video: Rosalie Liddle Crawford
In today's weather forecast we are expecting a fine day with light winds and sea breezes.
It's a one-clothing layer day today with a high of 24 and overnight low of 14 degrees.
Low tide is at 10.50am and high tide is at 5pm. Sea temperature is 20 degrees. There's an average sea swell of .3m. Sunset tonight is at 8.36pm.
If you're going fishing today the best fish bite times are between 9 and 11am and between 9.30 and 11.30pm.
This day in NZ history in 1834 Church Missionary Society printer William Colenso arrived in the Bay of Islands on the schooner Blackbird with New Zealand's second printing press.
In 1835 on this day Charles Darwin left New Zealand after a nine-day visit. Darwin's visit to the Bay of Islands on HMS Beagle was brief and unspectacular from his point of view. The Beagle's captain, Robert FitzRoy, would later serve as the second governor of New Zealand.
In world history on this day in 1862 the draft of the Emancipation Proclamation was finished and circulated among President Abraham Lincoln‘s cabinet for comment. In 1922 Soviet Russia was renamed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
In 1932 the Soviet Union barred food handouts for housewives under 36 years of age. They must now work to eat. In 2006 Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, was executed for crimes committed against his own people during his rule.
Today is the birthday of Rudyard Kipling, the British author who wrote 'The Jungle Book'. Born on this day in 1865 he once said "If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten." and "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."
Two cruise ships are in the port of Tauranga - the Radiance of the Sea and Sea Princess. They are due to leave at 6 and 6.30pm this evening, respectively.
Pilot Bay with a high tide at 5pm and low wind will be a perfect place for an evening picnic complete with cruise ships, beach piano, swimming and sunset.
There's plenty of beach, sun, surf, parks and outdoor places to go and enjoy today.
For more of what's happening please check out our What's On page.
Have a great day!