- Posted January 4, 2013 by
Whakatane, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
This iReport is part of an assignment:
New Zealand's Sunshine Capital 2013
In 2012 the beachside town in the North Island clocked up 2,602 hours of sunshine beating rivals Nelson in the South Island by only 18 hours. Nelson had 2,584 hours of sunshine. The 3rd sunniest place in New Zealand is another South Island spot, Lake Tekapo with 2,562 hours.
Nelson held the Sunshine Capital title in 2012 after Whakatane’s win in 2011.
In 2008 Whakatane was disqualified from the Sunshine Capital race after its sunshine recorder readings at the time according to NIWA – the National Institute of Water and Atmospherics – were too good to be true, clocking up an amazing 2,703.2 hours of sunshine. And in 2009 Whakatane was again out of the race due to the new equipment that was installed and used to measure the sunshine hours was not verified to be accurate by NIWA until well into the year so a full year’s readings were not available to be counted.
The Mayor of the Whakatane District, Mr Tony Bonne said on his Facebook page late Friday afternoon (NZ time) that he would be travelling down to Nelson next week to pick up the Sunshine Trophy and as he put it “bring it back to the place where it should rest”.
Mr Bonne said that “Climate is important to people and with the great climate we have here, we as a council will be doing everything we can in 2013 to create the right economic climate for growth.”