POLL RESULTS: The dry before the storm

As parts of the country soak up some rain this weekend, we thought we'd canvass our readers before Cyclone Lusi made itself felt nationwide, and try to ascertain how many kiwis desperately need it.

Weather Video: Cyclone Lusi

Cyclone Lusi continues to slide south towards New Zealand bringing severe gales and heavy rain.

The low will track down the western side of NZ then cross over the South Island on Sunday night – before leaving the nation on Monday morning.

Week in Weather: What's Been Making Headlines this Week

There's been one word on everyone's lips this week: 'Lusi'.

Dry weather won't slow the economy - Reserve Bank

In one of the economy's worst kept secrets, the Reserve Bank lifted the official cash rate from its historic low of 2.5 percent, up to 2.75 percent on Thursday - and it seems high dairy prices are at least partially to blame.

Waikato - Drought conditions may lead to official declaration

Parts of the Waikato are as dry or drier than during last year's severe drought.

Extremely dry conditions have emerged in patches across parts of the North Island - Waikato, Waitomo, Auckland and western parts of Northland.

Cyclone Lusi could cause more problems in Christchurch

Severe weekend weather from Tropical Cyclone Lusi could cause more trouble for Christchurch residents struggling with last week's storm clean-up, weather forecasters say.

Weather Video: Tropical Cyclone Lusi UPDATE

Tropical Cyclone Lusi continues to intensify as it approaches New Zealand.

The storm will weaken once it arrives this weekend but heavy rain and severe gales are looking likely for parts of the North Island, especially the upper North Island.

Australia - Tropical Cyclone watch across the Tasman, too

As kiwis keep one eye on the horizon for Tropical Cyclone Lusi this weekend, our cross-Tasman neighbours are also on high alert.

The Australian weather bureau has urged residents in Queensland's Gulf to remain on cyclone watch as ex-Tropical Cyclone Gillian moves overland.

The system is slowly moving south, bringing heavy rain but no damage to communities along the western Cape.

Drought hit farmers await OCR announcement

Many kiwi farmers already struggling with near-drought conditions are bracing themselves for an interest rate hike – when the Reserve Bank Governor makes an announcement later this week.

Weather Video: Tropical cyclone on the way

A tropical storm has today formed near Vanuatu and reliable US and European computer models show this storm tracking directly towards New Zealand this Friday and weekend.

Some pick the storm hitting Northland while others show it brushing East Cape to our east.