By Sarah Friel
Some rainfall since the end of February has taken the edge off dry summer conditions, but this recovery was mainly restricted to the western side of the country. In the North Island, Taranaki and Manawatū are well-placed, with grass after having a few wet days throughout April, but the eastern side of the island, from Gisborne south, is still languishing in what some have called a green drought.
From February to now, Gisborne and Central Hawke’s Bay have had very similar rainfall compared to last year’s drought. Dannevirke and Masterton are worse off, observing a 47mm and 108mm deficit respectively. Further north, Bay of Plenty is also feeling a pinch, recording a 74mm year-on-year deficit in Rotorua.