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Water relief appreciated in the Far North - LGNZ

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Northland’s mayors are collectively praising acts of kindness from Fonterra tanker operators in the region, who have come to the aid of drought affected Northland communities by delivering loads of water as they arrive to pick up milk.

The operation has seen tankers delivering at least 90,000 litres of water a day to Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Dargaville and Rawene.

After months of low rainfall, rivers and streams throughout the region are running at critical lows. Even with considerable preparation for a dry summer, many farmers are feeling the burn with no rain in sight.

Kaipara District Mayor Dr Jason Smith, Far North District Mayor John Carter and Whangarei District Mayor Sheryl Mai have praised the deliveries.

"Farmers might not show it, but they’re under real pressure as their crops, livestock and livelihoods are increasingly threatened by this drought, so these deliveries are a real morale boost," commented Kaipara District Mayor Jason Smith.

"The seasonal shut-down of the Maungaturoto Fonterra factory starts today, which will allow increased water to be allocated to Maungaturoto municipal supply and also water carriers in the area."

"Acts of kindness like this are the mark of good corporate citizens," says Whangarei District Mayor Sheryl Mai.

"Many of the farms up here are in isolated areas, making it time consuming and expensive to access water at the moment, so these deliveries are appreciated," commented Far North District Mayor John Carter.

The recently announced $2 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to set up temporary water supplies in Kaikohe and Kaitaia, as well as the $80,000 package for the Northland Rural Support Trust are also welcomed.

"The Trust provides support and guidance to farmers on how to deal with pressures such as droughts, so we thank the government for their support. We’ll need to work with the community and keep a close eye on the forecast over the next month at least," added Dr Smith.

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