In Europe the seasons officially change at the equinoxes and the solstices; here, some say autumn begins on the first of March, others (above) the 20th; we say we should follow Europe — the 22nd.

Regardless, this year saw an unusually wet summer, few if any plants will have been lost due to dehydration, the grass stayed green and some trees (and weeds) grew surprisingly.

But with global climate change there is every chance next year could be extra dry.  What does the KCDC have to cope with that?  Only the dodgy bore water scheme and of course its water meters.

How about a reservoir?  No, for the council that belongs in the too hard basket, and the money needed would be better wasted on Paraparaumu town centre.