Warmest winter on record for New Zealand 2020 winter

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Warmest winter on record for New Zealand 2020 winter

New Zealand has just experienced its warmest winter on record, according to official NIWA climate data.

NIWA’s Seven Station Temperature Series, which began in 1909, shows the 2020 winter was 1.14°C above average, just nudging out winter 2013 from the top spot, which was 1.08°C above average.

This year’s result also means seven of the 10 warmest winters on record in New Zealand have occurred since the year 2000.

Seventeen locations observed record breaking mean winter temperatures, with an additional 53 locations ranking within their top four warmest winters.

NIWA forecaster Ben Noll says the winter warmth can be attributed to several factors:

  • More sub-tropical northeasterly winds than normal, particularly in the North Island. This brought warmer air toward New Zealand from the north
  •  Sea surface temperatures above average during winter, especially August. As an island nation, New Zealand’s air temperatures are strongly influenced by the seas surrounding it
  • Air pressure was higher than normal, particularly to the east. This contributed to a sunnier than normal winter in much of the South Island and lower North Island
  • Climate change – the warmth over winter is consistent with New Zealand’s long-term trend of increasing air temperatures.
New Zealand has just experienced its warmest winter on record, according to official NIWA climate data.

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The highest recorded winter 2020 temperature was 25.1°C on August 30 in Timaru. This was the highest temperature recorded there during winter since records began in 1885 and the equal-4th warmest winter temperature on record for New Zealand as a whole.

The lowest temperature was  -12.3°C, observed at Middlemarch on 14 June.

New Zealand has just experienced its warmest winter on record, according to official NIWA climate data.

Of these locations the most anomalously warm (i.e. largest deviation from average) was Farewell Spit, where mean daily temperatures of 13.0°C were experienced. This is 2.8°C more than the winter average and the warmest on record since records began there in 1971.

Furthermore, mean maximum (i.e. daytime) temperatures at this location were 3.1°C warmer than average, while mean minimum (i.e. night-time) temperatures were 2.3°C warmer than average (these are also the largest anomalies in their respective categories).

Kaikohe had its second wettest winter on record, with 935mm of rain recorded for the season, which was 187% of normal. Records began in 1956.

At the opposite end of the scale, Reefton had its second driest winter on record with just 291 mm of rain recorded over three months – or 54% of normal. Records began in 1960. Much of the middle and upper South Island observed below or well below normal rainfall totals.

It will be no surprise that the highest one-day rainfall occurred in Northland in mid-July. Kaikohe and Whangarei received 262 and 251 mm respectively on July 17.

This is the highest one-day rainfall amount observed for both locations during winter. Kaikohe records began in 1956 and Whangarei in 1943.

Source: NIWA

Visit the Blue Springs, Te Waihou Walkway, Waikato

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Visit the Blue Springs, Te Waihou Walkway, Waikato

The Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway is internationally acclaimed with water so pure it supplies around 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water.

The spring is fed from the Mamaku Plateau where the water takes up to 100 years to filter through; the resulting water is so pure and clean that it produces a beautiful blue colour while being virtually clear.

The walk to the springs follows a track alongside the Waihou River, through wetlands, across rolling pastoral land and features views of small waterfalls, native bush and the famous Blue Spring with glimpses of trout along the way. 

Water from the Blue Spring flows at a rate of 42 cubic metres per minute and could fill a 6 lane (25 metre) swimming pool in around 12 minutes. The water temperature is a constant 11 degrees celsius throughout the year.

The Blue Spring walk takes about one and a half hours each way, starting from Whites Road (State Highway 28), near Putaruru. There is also a shorter walk, 15 minutes each way, to the Blue Spring, accessed from nearby Leslie Road.

The Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring is located in South Waikato near Putaruru. With plenty to see and do in the South Waikato area you can easily make a day of it. Enjoy some local cheese at Over the Moon Dairy Company, take your bike and try out the Waikato River Trails, or do a spot of fly fishing in one of the many great waterways in the area.

Boutique galleries and gift stores are plentiful in Tirau while Tokoroa, a little further south, celebrates its forestry heritage with the carved Talking Poles and NZ Timber Museum.

Acre Farm, Cambridge

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Acre Farm, Cambridge

Lavender Farm


Acre Farm started their business because they are passionate about their ideas and what they want to achieve.

Acre Farm

Not only do they want to provide a great place for their family to live, but they want to incorporate their thinking into several aspects that will make up ACRE Farm.

​They believe that not only by growing Lavender and a few other things… we will create a wonderful place, but that is also creating a small range of products, developing our property, and offering some simple extras, that we can share our place with others.

It will take a few years to bring it all together but we think it will be well worth the effort.

They love it in Cambridge.

Acre Farm believes Cambridge is an awesome place to do business and be a part of it. They love living in Cambridge.

Not only do they want to provide a great place for their family to live, but they want to incorporate their thinking into several aspects that will make up ACRE Farm.

Everything that grows in our garden

Acre Farm has over 1700 lavender plants with 3 different varieties.

We do have fresh lavender available in season (Dec-Mar). We also have limited dried lavender available over the year (subject to demand) 

Acre Farm is always working on more products so visit their website!

ONE Celebrant for any occasion at ACRE FARM

Hi my name is Kate.

Congratulations on your engagement.

I love weddings. I love celebrations.

When I started this journey I searched the word celebrant and it said this…

CELEBRANT – Celebrator, merrymaker, partyer (also partier), reveler.

I would describe myself as all of the above and I Love my Job!.

However the life of the party I fully appreciate the importance of an incredible marriage ceremony and the memories it creates for not only the couple but for the witnessing family and friends.

I am a professionally trained celebrant and my overall goal is to facilitate with not just the ceremony but to help guide you and your fiancé so that on your day you can relax and enjoy.

The Rimutaka Incline, Wellington

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The Rimutaka Incline, Wellington

Built in 1878, this rail route between the Hutt Valley and Featherston is now a gently graded 18 km walk, run or mountain bike ride, with opportunities for camping, swimming and fishing.

The rail trail is a gently graded 18 km walk or mountain bike ride. This makes it an ideal trip for families with children. The trail is also popular with dog walkers.

Interpretation panels telling the colourful stories associated with the former rail line have been installed along the trail which also features restored railway bridges and historic tunnels (take a torch).

There are plenty of photo opportunities along the trail, and a viewing platform located between the Summit and Siberia Tunnels offers a panoramic view of the old Fell engine route coming up from Cross Creek to the Summit.

Enjoy swimming and fishing in the nearby Pakuratahi River and picnic or camp in the pleasant surrounds of Ladle Bend and Summit.

DOC and the Wellington Regional Council now jointly manage the incline as the Remutaka Rail Trail. DOC manages the Incline section from the Summit to Cross Creek carpark in the Remutaka Forest Park, and Greater Wellington Regional Council manages the section from Kaitoke to the Summit in the Pakuratahi Forest.

Wiapapa Point, Southland

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Wiapapa Point, Southland

Waipapa Point is a rocky promontory on the south coast of Foveaux Strait, the South Island of New Zealand. It is located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southeast of the mouth of the Mataura River, at the extreme southwestern end of the area known as the Catlins.

The coastline of the Catlins is notoriously dangerous, and there have been many shipwrecks in the region. The most notable of these, and also one of New Zealand’s worst shipping disasters, was the wreck of the passenger steamer Tararua, en route from Port Chalmers to Melbourne via Bluff, which foundered off Waipapa Point on 29 April 1881 with the loss of all but 20 of the 151 people aboard.Waipapa Point lies in the far southwest of the Catlins.

A lighthouse was built on the point in response to the tragedy; it began operating in 1884. With its sibling, the retired Kaipara North Head lighthouse, this was one of the last two wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand. It is still active and was automated in 1976.

Southland, New Zealand

New Zealand Southland

Southland, New Zealand


Single use plastics – Say goodbye to more

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Single use plastics – Say goodbye to more

Everyone is focused on climate change & global warming, the big issue we face today is man-made pollution and single use plastics need to be addressed.

The more we see governments addressing the problem of pollution the better. Ignoring the problem of plastics pollution is no longer an option.

We are heartened to see that the world is starting to see the impact we have had on the planet over the last 50years.

The New Zealand Government is looking to phase out more single-use plastics, following the success of the single use bag ban earlier this year. 1newsnow reports.

A report titled ‘Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand’ has also been released which outlines how the Government intends on dealing with waste.

The single-use plastics ban is targeted at containers made of hard-to-recycle PVC and polystyrene like meat trays, cups and takeaway food containers.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the ban on plastic bags has already made a difference. 

Many New Zealanders, including many children, write to me about plastic – concerned with its proliferation over the past decade and the mounting waste ending up in our oceans,”

says Ms Ardern.

Roadside collection of recyclables will also be improved for more consistent collections. 

The move mirrors requests from respondents in a 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll in which eighty-two per cent thought the single-use plastic bag ban that came into force in July, should extend to other single-use plastics.

Click here to read the full article

New Zealand Government announces New plan for agriculture emissions pricing scheme.

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New Zealand Government announces New plan for agriculture emissions pricing scheme.

This is great to see that the New Zealand government is looking at reducing carbon emissions with the agricultural sector. Surely the” urban sector” carbon emissions are being produced at an alarming rate as well – where is the Urban Emissions scheme?

This type of policy does seem to be a bit of “kick the can down the road” until 2025 when we need to be taking action now if climate change is happening as fast as everyone is predicting.

The New Zealand Government has moved away from radically reforming the way the farming sector could pay for emissions – but is celebrating what it calls a “world-first” partnership with farming leaders in its attempt to reduce agricultural greenhouse gases, methane and nitrous oxide 

The primary sector is still set to pay for emissions, but not until 2025 – with farmers getting off seemingly lightly in the interim.

The sector would work with Government to come up with its own on-farm pricing scheme, aiming to reduce emissions in the meantime. 

A review in 2022 would develop the alternative pricing scheme, access the sector’s progress in reducing emissions and barriers it faces. 

“If the review finds there isn’t enough progress the Government can put the agriculture sector into the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) at processor level earlier than 2025,” a statement by the Government said. 

The proposed Emissions Trading Reform Bill also includes pulling agriculture into the ETS in 2025 for livestock emissions and some fertiliser emissions – if the alternative emissions pricing scheme is not developed. In line with the NZ First-Labour coalition agreement, farmers would only pay for five per cent of livestock emissions. 

Farmers have continuously pushed back from being included in the ETS, with Federated Farmers previously saying it “failed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transport… Universal pricing of methane will be similarly unsuccessful”.

The current ETS puts price on greenhouse gas emissions, intended to create a financial incentive for businesses that emit greenhouse gases, to invest in technologies and practices that reduce emissions, according to the Ministry for the Environment. 

The Government’s announcement today acknowledged the ETS “was originally developed for a small number of big companies, not tens of thousands of individuals”.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was “proud that we have a world-first agreement as part of our plan to tackle the long-term challenge of climate change and we’ve done that by reaching an historic consensus with our primary sector”. 

“For too long politicians have passed the buck and caused uncertainty for everyone while the need for climate action was clear.”

It was a key climate change policy by the Labour Party in 2017 to “restore the ETS, including bringing agriculture into the ETS by the end of our first term, with 90 per cent of emissions free”. 

Article by 1 NEWS NOW, click here to read article

A simple thing we can do to make a difference

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A simple thing we can do to make a difference

Here in New Zealand litter is becoming a big problem. But it’s a big problem with a small, simple solution. Let’s all take some responsibility for putting rubbish in its place.

When you are about to drop a piece of litter – don’t even think about it. Even if you are alone – you’re not – we’re all in this together. If you see someone else about to litter – just let them know – litter goes in the right place because it’s just how we do things around here.

This is the message from Band Together – Be a tidy Kiwi.

This is the message from Band Together

Be A tidy Kiwi