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Sun up, earlier

This was the view from Titirangi/Kaiti Hill this morning, snapped by one of the many locals who start their day with a run or walk up the hill. It was taken by Ropata Simpson, just after the 7.05am sunrise.

The sun is rising a little earlier these days and setting a little later, a sure sign spring is on the way.

Another indicator of the change in seasons is the liberal sprinkling of yellow pine pollen around the district.

But the district is not out of the winter woods yet.

A cold and wet weekend lies ahead as a front moves across the North Island and over Tairawhiti tomorrow, bringing southwesterly winds and rain.

MetService meteorologist Mmathapelo Makgabutlane said she imagined the sunrise was beautiful this morning but the district would experience rain from tomorrow, which would continue to Sunday.

“There is a high of only 13 degrees on Saturday, with a predicted overnight low of 3 degrees.

“On Sunday it clears but the temperatures only make a slow recovery.”

The arrival of the pine pollen also marks the start of allergic reactions although allergy experts say this is more because it coincides with the start of the less-visible grass pollens.

Gordon's Pharmacy retail manager Justine Hawtin said the change of season always brought in the usual allergy sufferers, looking for over-the-counter relief.

FIRST TO SEE THE Sun rise: This was the view from the Titirangi/Kaiti Hill this morning taken by one of many Tairawhiti residents who start their day with a run or walk up the hill. It was taken just after the 7.05am sunrise. The days are starting to get longer as the seasons begin to change. But a winterly blast is on the way this weekend. Picture by Ropata Simpson