[19 February/ Radio NZ]

Due to having had no rain since October 2016, the government declared a drought in Northland in early February. However, according to Metservice, about 90mm of rain has fallen over the region since Friday, with more forecasted on February 19th. Northland Rural Support Trust co-ordinator Julie Jonker said that the drought and low pay-outs left farmers worried, however the rainfall means farmers “could have a good end to the season” if Northland doesn’t return to previous dry conditions.