The reality of an official drought looms for some areas.
Low rainfall has some farmers worried.
A cyclone with New Zealand in its warpath will see sizeable waves pummel the East Coast of the North Island this week.
With peak waves of 8m at its centre, the storm is growing even larger.
Evacuation centres are open and residents are being told to stay indoors.
The category 3 storm is "stronger than initially forecast" - and heading towards Tonga.
Air NZ says it's investigating options to provide recovery service to Niue.
There could be hurricane-force winds.