The first day of the SBL International Meeting in Auckland went by without much incident. I did my registration at the School of Engineering, picked up the tote bag, and then met up with a fellow Malaysian medical student in Auckland, who despite having nothing to do with theology in his studies, decided to sign up for SBL Meeting. I suspect he might be the only non-biblical studies student in SBL meeting. Welcome to SBL, CW, and I hope you enjoy and learn something from the conference.
The powhiri followed the registration. Powhiri is the traditional Maori welcome ceremony. I decided to give this event a miss as I have witnessed this in my earlier trip to New Zealand.