14 Feb 2020

The big dry - lack of rain starts to bite

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 14 February 2020
NIWA - drought index

NIWA - drought index Photo: courtesy of NIWA

Parched land, water shortages, fire bans and dry pastures are affecting several parts of the country experiencing drought like conditions - and there's no immediate end in sight.

 A fire ban is in place for much of the North Island, with the upper North experiencing severe drought conditions and parts of Waikato have not seen any significant rain since December. 

NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll and Northland Federated Farmers Meat and Wool Chair Roger Ludbrook  discuss the implications of the extended dry spell with Kathryn.