"We are farmers supporting farmers."
NIWA says it's likely to track northeast of the country.
It will be used to help get water to tinder-dry regions.
It could bring flooding and slips with it.
The funding will be used for a range of support services.
The cyclone is likely to become a 'severe' category 3.
Warmer air could act as "fuel" for thunderstorms this afternoon.
Its path past New Zealand isn't yet clear.
Monday's rainfall was not enough for parched regions.