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POLL RESULTS: Drying out but not panicked

The results of our latest poll are in, and we’ve got a fairly clear picture of the national mood, heading into summer.

We asked the question “How dry is it heading into summer?” and about 60 percent of respondents told us that is was either dry or drying out.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given the prevalence of howling, dry westerly systems buffeting the country over the past two weeks – sucking moisture out of the ground on both coasts.

There is a fair amount of activity rain-wise coming in over the weekend, though, so for most of our voters that will come as some welcome news (and for the too-wet 23%…not so much).

FARMERS/GROWERS – do you agree with the poll results? Post your comments (and general location please) below!

– Drew Chappell,


Andrew on 29/11/2014 4:46am

Has all the hallmarks of an old fashioned summer to me.  Nelson (here) is very dry and the usual areas of Canterbury/Marlborough and Hawkes Bay are drying out in El Nino-like conditions.  I expect the farmers to start whinging in these areas next week then some activity in the tropics brings a few rainmakers down in January.  And that’s a little late for any significant grass growth. 

Good news is that Northland/Waikato is catching a bit of damp and being dairying areas they are the loudest whingers.  A swing 10% either way and they seem to need Govt help.

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