new regions have been declared drought affected on Tuesday - Nelson
and far western Marlborough.
weekend may have brought a little rain to some parts of the country
but not enough to relieve the drought in the upper South Island.
has been declared in Nelson and far western Marlborough, to add to
that already in Buller District, Tasman, Taranaki and the far north.
of Tasman are described as severe, and as a result some growers are
already cutting their losses.
Raines grows boysenberries, apples and gold kiwifruit, and the
drought is hitting him hard.
lost size in our fruit and we're making decisions, based on the
return, which crop we water and which we don't," Julian Raine,
an orchardist in Waimea Plains.
are taking drastic measures, taking land out of production or hoeing
vegetables in because they don't have enough water to keep them
financial cost will really come in fruit size and not meeting
expected yields, through to implications for return bloom next year,"
Mr Raine says.
critical water shortage continues in Tasman, with most outdoor water
use prohibited and a call for a 25 percent cut in use by businesses.
And the forecast into March offers little hope, with summer-like
conditions returning for many areas.
down the South Island Christchurch also had a dry hot summer - but a
recent cold blast has prompted the arrival of an unexpected winter
the end of February and Mt Hutt is covered top to toe in snow. In
fact this is so unseasonal it's hard to figure out the date.
are now out grooming the large drifts because the mountain has an
open day this Saturday. It was planned for months but skiing wasn't
originally on the menu.
if any public want to head to Mt Hutt this Saturday, the field will
be open with snow.