Another spontaneous sharing inspired by the information I've found on Twitter
Accoding to New Zealand History Online
, on the 3rd of January 1840, the British surveyors arrived on The Cuba in the Port Nicholson (aka Poneke), ahead of the ship full of setllers due arrival soon. The intial plan was to build the new settlement, which was supposed to be called "Wellington", in Pito-one (current Petone) based on the proposed plan drawn up by by Samuel Cobham for The New Zealand Company
The surveyors found it impossible to follow the plan on the proposed site. According to Today in History: 3 January
on NZ History Online
As a result an impossible timeframe was set for the Company surveyors. When the first settler ship arrived a few weeks after the Cuba on 22 January, there was no sign of the carefully laid out plan.
The Wellington Anniversary Day is marked on the Monday following the 22nd of January.
The visitors arriving at Wellington are likely to head for the city via Cobham Drive along the scenic Evans Bay.
The Poneke Rugby Club has produced many a notable All Blacks
Sadly the iconic Cuba Street Carnival, held bienially in Cuba Street in Central Wellington until 2009, has been canceld for this year.