January 12th 2011
Sub Heading – Neilsen wins, Nelsen wins, Nelson WINS comes second in 2010 sunshine stakes.
A few days later, on the 31 December 2010, the Queens New Years honours list is published, and out came the news that captain of our 2010 FIFA World Cup “All Whites” team, and fellow mainlander, (ie: born in the South Island) Ryan Nelsen, was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for his services to football.
Hot on the heels of these two winners comes some good news………but not the best news….I thought it was going to be a hat-trick…..but no Whakatane just edged Nelson out as the sunshine capital of New Zealand for 2010 according to data/press release just released today by NZ’s NIWA (New Zealands National Institute of Water and Atmosphere Research)
Oh well……there’s always next year…..and one thing Nelson does have in its favour is its long term history when it comes to annual sunshine records.
That will definitely take another town decades to beat……then again with these so called “Global Warming Times” that we live in now, I guess its not surprising that somewhere closer to the equator than us pipped us this year.