10 Jan 2020

A dry 2019 for New Zealand

From Summer Times, 9:10 am on 10 January 2020

Rural fire authorities in New Zealand are worried this country could be in for severe bush fire seasons in the future - akin to what Australia has been suffering - as we face similar long dry spells and hotter temperatures due to climate change.

Last year was the fourth hottest year on record for New Zealand. When wildfires do break out, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, or FENZ is in close contact with the national climate scientists and forecasters at NIWA - who are able to help them predict where fires might spread to. One of those NIWA scientists is Nava Fedaeff.

Scorched land in the Hawkes Bay area.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly