Farther north, the drought is intensifying.
For most of 2016, the land in the far north of the state was mostly dry.
But there was one exception: a small area of fertile land on the North Coast, where an area of pasture had been left over from the boom years.
The state had previously been hit hard by the drought.
But this was not the case in the years following the Great Depression.
Now, with the state’s agricultural production on the decline, the government is worried about what this could mean for the industry.
“We’re worried about the potential impact of this [drought] on the dairy industry,” said Peter Ladd, deputy chief executive of the Northland Dairy Farmers Association.
“They’re not really sure whether they’ll survive or not.”