Twelfth birthday a special one
Not many can say they turn 12 on 12/12/2012.
But for twins Geena and Max Hutton of Wainui School, and Keegan Transue of Kaukapakapa School, it will be a birthday to remember.
Spare time spent rehearsing for dancing roles on the Farmers Santa Parade and at Saturday's Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park meant Geena and Max did not have a lot of time to plan their big birthday.
"We'll have a small party with friends and family, a game of bowling and if there's time we might watch The Hobbit," says Geena, who was born a minute earlier than Max.
She will perform at the New World Orewa Christmas on the Beach at the Orewa Surf Club this Sunday, singing four songs.
Tomorrow also marks the twins' teacher Jason Irvine's 12th year at Wainui and also his 12th wedding anniversary.
Keegan is playing two touch final tournaments at Victor Eaves Park in Orewa on his birthday and then will have a swim at Parakai Springs hot pools with friends the following day.
The 12/12/2012 is considered auspicious by some. Rodney Times staff will be buying extra Lotto tickets that day.
But a few are nervous it may signal the end of the world, according to some internet posts, although there may be confusion with December 21, which some believe is the date the Mayan calendar predicts the world will end on.
NASA rebutts claims the world will end on December 21.
"The world will not end in 2012.
"Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than four billion years and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012," NASA says.
"This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012," NASA says. "That's linked at the end of one of the cycles of the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012, hence the date of December 21, 2012, NASA says.