It's 2016... in New Zealand

Posted at 6:49 AM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 07:14:33-05

The world's most famous crystal ball is tested and ready to go. It will welcome in 2016 at the stroke of midnight in New York City.

A crowd of a million people is expected to be in attendance.

Times Square will be protected by six thousand officers on foot and horseback.

They'll have radiation detectors, metal detectors, and bomb sniffing dogs.

A counter terrorism team will guard entry points with long guns.

But the waiting is already over in New Zealand.

Holiday revelers welcomed 2016 with a fireworks show in Auckland.

As the clocks struck midnight the sky lit up with a colorful display emanating from the Sky Tower, to celebrate the start of 2016.  

Information from NBC NewsChannel