Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


No early end to drought in sight

Date: 20 March, 2013


No early end to drought in sight

Recent rain has done little to ease the drought conditions gripping Northland – and there is no early end in sight, with no significant rain forecast for the rest of this month.

Alan Bee, a Hydrology Monitoring Officer for the Northland Regional Council, says an average of about 15 to 20mm rain had fallen across many parts of the region over the past week.

Actual figures varied from just 2.5mm at Marsden Pt, through to about 43mm on the Mangamuka Ranges, however, while the recent rain was welcomed by many, realistically the region still needed more than 100mm of rain over several days to make an appreciable difference to soil moisture levels and river flows.

Mr Bee says southern and western areas of the region, including a significant part of the Kaipara district, appear to be the worst affected in terms of both soil moisture (which had fallen to extreme levels) and river levels, which were dramatically lower than normal. Parts of Northland are drier than they have been for several decades.

The regional council has been working with Northland’s district councils, major industries and consented water users to keep them informed of the drought’s progress. A number of restrictions had also been imposed to try to conserve water and meet consent conditions designed to protect the environment.

Affected consent holders range from private individuals taking several thousand litres a day to some major users taking hundreds of thousands of litres, including Northland’s district councils and major industries.

Mr Bee says while weather could be unpredictable, at this stage the long range forecast was not anticipating a return to normally expected conditions until April/May.

He says a range of drought-related information, including rainfall, river levels and flows, is available from www.nrc.govt.nz/drought The website is automatically updated every two hours to provide the most up-to-date information.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greens: Russel Norman To Stand Down As Co-Leader

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May. Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party. My replacement will start from a strengthened base and will have a full parliamentary term to establish himself in the role and take the Greens into government in 2017." More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Sabin Case, The Pressures On Greece And (Songs About) Coyotes

Mike Sabin is a National MP, and the current chairman of Parliament’s law and order committee. Yet reportedly, he is being investigated by the Police over an assault complaint... However, the PM will not comment on any aspect of the story. More>>

ALSO:

Houses, ISIS, King (& Catton): PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • Social housing, the Auckland housing market • The prospect of joining international forces to combat ISIS • David Bain’s compensation • The lowering of the flag for the King of Saudi Arabia's death ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Tomorrow’s Speeches By John Key And Andrew Little

The Key government has already kicked off the political year on a stridently ideological note, with Environment Minister Nick Smith choosing to lay all manner of sins at the door of the RMA. Tomorrow, the government will wheeling out its best salesman – Prime Minister John Key – to sell its plans for state housing… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news