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POLL RESULTS: Summer passes with flying colours

We’ve had an incredibly action-packed first week of autumn – with rain, droughts continuing and the news of a potential tropical cyclone on the way – so there hasn’t been too much time to reminisce about the season just gone.

That being said, we’ve had a truly extraordinary summer – with fairly consistent high temperatures, calm, settled and dry conditions, and an astonishing lack of rain in some parts of the country.

While this has been great for some holiday makers, we’ve also seen bush fires and water restrictions for those in rural parts of New Zealand, so it’s fair to say opinion may well be divided on the summer.

Our latest poll asked our readers to grade their summer, giving options of A, B, C and F – to get a sense of what we collectively thought of the season – and if this was an exam, it would be on its way to the top of the class.

More than 80% of voters graded summer with an A or a B, with 12% giving it a C, and a surprisingly low 8% of voters giving the season a fail grade.

The summer of 2014/15 may be remembered in future for the negatives, but in the minds of many kiwis it will be recalled with fondness, it seems!

– Drew Chappell,


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