So, what happens is every year raffle tickets are sold for a dollar all across nz to raise money for charaties. Then these candies are made with numbers printed on them. Each year the jaffas are taken up to the top of Baldwin Street and they are hurdled down the street; 25,000 at a time (candies, not aucklanders). The jaffas bounce up really high and reach speeds of over 100 km per hour. The first 5 jaffas to reach the bottom win prizes ($1000 grocery store voucher and $1000 petrol/gasoline voucher). This year the charities were Make a Wish Foundation, Surf Life Saving NZ, Parents Centre NZ and $25,000 was raised for each one.
This year it was a nice sunny day so we decided to go. Very crowded. But it is an amazing site to see a big wall of colored jaffas bounce down a street so fast. The noise they made was incredible! This event is definitely one of the quaint little things I love about New Zealand! Bodie caught a rogue Jaffa and took it home. No, I did not let him eat it....
I wasn't able to get many photographs, but here are a few and a short video (plus there are heaps online I am sure). Wait for the large red wave to come down. :-)
Newspaper article here.