The Bluff, Paihia  [January 1, 2010]
 
It's a few minutes after midnight on January 1, and already the volunteers of the Paihia Fire Brigade have their first call-out of the year - a grass fire at The Bluff, between two of the Bay of Islands tourist town's beaches. The deliberately lit blaze halted traffic on busy Marsden Rd but did little to dampen New Year's revelry.