Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


East Coast still dry, 11mm not enough, says Feds' Wills says

East Coast still dry, 11mm not enough, says Federated Farmers’ Wills

By Kristen Paterson

March 21 (BusinessDesk) - The huge low that spread across New Zealand days ago brought rain and relief to most areas of the country but the East Coast is still dry after minimal fall.

The region is in the grips of what is a 70 year very serious drought event, Federated Farmers President Bruce Wills told BusinessDesk.

“There’s a long way to go yet. All the rain did was give us some hope and a bit of a reprieve,” Wills said, But even after the rain it’s going to take 2-3 weeks to grow grass on the dry, parched paddocks.

Though the rain was welcome, it has been patchy, Wills says. “Where I farm here in the Hawkes Bay I got 11mm – not nearly enough.”

“The forecasts tell me there is nothing much on the horizon for 2-3 weeks, even up to a month. So it’s still very concerning and we’re just focussing on things with all the resources that we can,” he said.

The Napier and Hawkes Bay areas up to Gisborne saw only between 10-30mm of rain, Metservice acting media & communications meteorologist John Law said. South westerly winds pushing the moisture toward land on Tuesday and Wednesday provided some help, he said...

“For spots along the East Coast that was all they’ve seen for the entirety of March,” Law said, “There really just hasn’t been much through there.”

The band of rain that held over the North Island has moved towards the East today, with a few light showers forecast for Gisborne, according to Law.

“But at the moment I can’t see anything substantive due to a patch of high pressure feeding in from the West, so the weather will be settled and dry this week,” Law said.

The weekend’s low gave Manawatu one of the biggest drenchings despite missing out on the beginning of the rain, according to Weatherwatch forecaster Phillip Duncan.

The bulk of the precipitation hung around the centre of the country across Monday and Tuesday, with the Lower North and Upper South Island getting the best of it.

A general spread of between 30-80mm was seen from Wairarapa to Taranaki and down to the Kapiti Coast, while the Tararuas saw as much as 100-150mm of rainfall, according to Metservice data.

The biggest surprise was the lack of rain in the West Coast region, for which weather models had predicted a huge low front dropping down into the region that instead stopped around Nelson.

“Quite a bit of that rain fell in the hills in West Coast, but not down on the farms where it was needed. But they’re going to get some more this weekend so we’re not too worried about them,” Duncan said.

The flatter areas of West Coast saw between 20-30mm, according to Metservice, while the hilltops experienced up to 100mm on Sunday.

With the high hanging around most of the country is set for another dry week, though a front moving in from the South West later in the week may bring some rain to Westland Fiordland and Southland possibly up to Nelson and Buller, Law said.

“I don’t see any huge amount of rainfall ahead for the North Island,” Law told BusinessDesk.

But with NIWA predicting a return to normal autumn weather patterns in its long range forecast for March, April and May, rains should come with increasing frequency.

“Rather than looking at the drought as one big problem to solve (across the country), we need to look at it piece by piece,” Weatherwatch’s Duncan said. “I think piece by piece it’s starting to be fixed.”

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: Alex Swney Pleads Guilty To $2.5M Fraud Charge

Alex Swney, former chief executive of the Auckland city centre business association Heart of the City, has pleaded guilty to dishonestly using documents to obtain $2.5 million. More>>

ALSO:

Petrol Burns Prices: Second Consecutive Quarterly Fall For CPI

The consumers price index (CPI) fell 0.3 percent in the March 2015 quarter, following a 0.2 percent fall in the December 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. The last time the CPI showed two consecutive quarterly falls was in the December 1998 and March 1999 quarters. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: NZ Broadcasters Launch Battle Against Global Mode ISPs

New Zealand broadcasters have confirmed they’ve launched legal proceedings against internet service providers who give customers’ access to “global mode”, which allows customers access to offshore online content, claiming it breaches the local content providers’ copyright. More>>

ALSO:

Sanford: Closure Of Christchurch Mussel Processing Plant Confirmed

The decision comes after a period of consultation with the 232 staff employed at the Riccarton site, who were told on 9 April that Sanford was considering the future of mussel processing in Christchurch. Recent weather patterns had impacted on natural spat (offspring) supply... More>>

ALSO:

Price Of Cheese: Dairy Product Prices Fall To The Lowest This Year

Dairy product prices fell in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, hitting the lowest level in the 2015 auctions so far, as prices for milk powder and butter slid amid concern about the outlook for commodities. More>>

ALSO:

Houston, We Have An Air Route: Air New Zealand To Fly Direct To The Heart Of Texas

Air New Zealand will fly its completely refitted Boeing 777-200 aircraft between Auckland and Houston up to five times a week opening up the state of Texas as well as popular nearby tourist states such as Louisiana and Florida. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Reserve Bank’s Spencer Calls On Govt To Rethink Housing Tax

The Reserve Bank has urged the government to take another look at a capital gains tax on investment in housing, allow increased high-density development and cut red tape for planning consents to address an over-heated Auckland property market. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news