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

 

Recent rain welcome but drought far from over

Media Release
From Waikato Regional Drought Committee

22 December 2010

Recent rain welcome but drought far from over

Recent rain in the Waikato has been an “early Christmas present” for farmers but the region-wide drought was far from over, a meeting of the multi-agency regional drought committee heard today.

Committee chairman Peter Buckley of Environment Waikato said the recent rain had been patchy and not enough to break the back of the drought, with conditions remaining difficult for many.

“We’re certainly not out of the woods yet despite the recent rain. Committee members will be closely monitoring what happens with rainfall as we can’t afford to relax just yet.”

The Government recently declared the Waikato regional council area, south of Auckland city and the Ruapehu district to be in drought, meaning various forms of assistance would continue to be available to farmers from 1 January.

A Fonterra representative told the committee the local areas whose milk production had been worst affected by the drought were South Auckland, Cambridge, Taupo, Morrinsville and Hamilton.

“We know that many farmers are under stress due to the current drought, which has compounded problems caused by dry conditions in the region in recent years,” said Mr Buckley, a north Waikato dairy farmer.

“So we encourage any farmers to call the Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254 if they need assistance and to talk to their banks about their cash flow situation as required. Farmers are proud people and can be shy about reaching out for help but they should definitely not be afraid to put their hand up if they need to. The current conditions are tough and agencies are happy to discuss providing assistance.”

Today’s committee meeting heard it was possible that the drought in Waikato could be declared over if January was wet enough. Forecasts at this stage were that rainfall would be normal or above from now till February.

“But the whole question of when the drought might be declared over is something we will obviously have to keep under close review depending on what happens with the weather,” Mr Buckley said.

“For now, members of the committee will continue to share information so that we can help the region best cope with the affects of the drought as summer progresses.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Yesterday’s Big Parliamentary Air Kiss To China

In order to obtain support from the two major parties, Act Party deputy leader Brooke Van Velden twice had to soften the language of her parliamentary motion yesterday condemning China’s persecution of the Uighurs. The key word “genocide” was deleted. Evidently, the kind of resolution passed by a conservative government in the UK proved to be far too tough for a centre-left Labour government and a centre-right National opposition to countenance. Yesterday, the two major parties were united in their fear of retribution from China... More>>

 

Government: Fair Pay Agreements To Improve Pay And Conditions For Essential Workers

The Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment to implement Fair Pay Agreements which will improve wages and conditions, as well as help support our economic recovery, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Public Services: Government Sets Pay And Workforce Expectations For The Public Sector

The Government’s Workforce Policy Statement issued today sets out its expectations for pay and employment relations in the Public Sector, the Minister of Finance and Minister for the Public Service say. “New Zealand has had an exceptionally successful ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Budget 2021 Reprioritises Nearly $1 Billion

Hon Grant Robertson Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Finance The Government’s strong pandemic response and the better than expected economic recovery means not all the money allocated in the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund has been spent, ... More>>

ALSO:


PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>

ALSO:

PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels