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Dan Maxwell on North Canterbury Drought. Video / George Heard
Concern grows with no rain on the horizon.
About 24 companies each month are caught breaching their trade waste consents.
'I am pleading with everyone to immediately reduce water consumption,' mayor says.
Hold-out pockets of drought spread around Auckland linger after biggest dry in 25 years.
The top of NZ could be in for a switch from last summer's troubling drought.
'It was a distraction for me but more importantly it was a distraction for Watercare.'
Restrictions are being reviewed, despite dams being 22 percentage points lower than usual.
Outgoing chief executive Raveen Jaduram says Auckland's water demand is too high.
There's light at the end of the tunnel, if the region is smart in the way it reconstructs.
Jaduram said it was time for a new chief executive to take Watercare forward.
First six months of 2020 likely to be Auckland's driest ever - even with more rain coming.
Why long-term environmental observations are crucial for NZ's water security challenges.
Phil Goff and Tainui leaders are at odds over taking more water from the Waikato River.
John McCarthy complained about the burst pipe eight days ago.
"I encourage you to focus on those things you do have control over."
City water usage reduces under new restrictions amid worst drought on record.
Watercare opts for an education-first approach, but says its serious about saving water.
Focus: New restrictions are set to come into place next month as water levels in dams drops below 50 per cent. Video / Brett Phibbs
The cost of climate change is hitting us now, say NZ researchers.
The last time dam levels dropped this low was in the drought of 1993/1994.
The city's dams are at 53 per cent capacity - a quarter below normal levels.
Clifford weighed 156 grams, around half the weight a chick his age should be.
Traditional strong rivalry in meat industry has been put aside to deal with the virus.
PM Jacinda Ardern said some rural parts of the North Island were 'doing it tough'.
It's the latest in a series of aids to ease the burden as the dry spell continues.
Dairy farmers say the drought is the worst they have ever seen.