NZ sunshine extremes

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Sunshine figures in New Zealand top 2000 hours annually for many centres up and down the country.

Below are some interesting stats of the amount of sunshine(most and least) over the last 100 years which are divided into North and South Island data plus also the biggest wind gusts recorded in both islands .

UV Index readings climbing

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It's getting to that time of the year when the sun is making an impact on unprotected skin on many people.

Skies don't have to be entirely cloud free for us to burn over a short period of time and over parts of summer, overcast skies can also penetrate our skin.

POLL - Is it time we changed the NZ Flag?

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TOP DEBATE --- Vote now if you haven't already, poll closes this weekend! 

Flapping in the wind across homes and cars right across New Zealand are plenty of flags at the moment - directly attributable to the Rugby World Cup.

Guy Fawkes weather to be a fizzer?

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Weather conditions for Guy Fawkes 2011 may not be so ideal this year predicts  A large storm in the Southern Ocean is expected to fire up a number of fronts and create a strong westerly flow across the country for possibly several days.

Exclusive Photos & Video of Rena

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Many thanks to for providing us with the images and footage - a unique perspective.

Upcoming cyclone season - will it be busy or not?

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I've just returned from a much-needed break over in Australia - Queensland to be precise, my first time there. The weather was typically Queensland, hot and humid, sunny then thunderstorms.

All Blacks win World Cup thriller

The All Blacks ended 24 years of hurt with this 8-7 World Cup victory over France, but it certainly wasn't a painless win.

The margin of success was one point, which the All Blacks held for just over half an hour. It was excruciating.

All Blacks beat France to win the Rugby World Cup congratulates the All Blacks on beating France 8-7 in an incredibly tough battle at Auckland's Eden Park. 

The All Blacks have won the Rugby World Cup 2011!!

Weather Video: Labour Weekend 2011 + RWC weather!

Head weather analyst Philip Duncan teams up with to bring you the very latest weather conditions for Labour Weekend 2011 - plus forecasts for both Rugby World Cup finals on Friday night (Wallabies play Wales) and, of course, Sunday night (All Blacks play France) (Go the ABs!)

Rena wreckage spreads to 'Boy' beach

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Debris and parts of containers from the Rena have washed up on East Cape beaches while concerns continue to grow for wildlife in the area threatened by the slick.

Defence Force staff were yesterday combing shorelines from Te Kaha in the Eastern Bay of Plenty to Te Araroa for debris from the container ship, which crashed into the Astrolabe Reef on October 5.