Record drought hits New Zealand

Weeks of severe drought have browned pastures in New Zealand's North Island, in what the government describes as the worst dry spell in 30 years. It is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and beginning to take a toll on New Zealand's economy.

This photo from Feb. 26, 2013 shows dry cracked land near a water reservoir in Kiwitahi, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Christine Cornege) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
This photo from Feb. 26, 2013 shows dry cracked land near a water reservoir in Kiwitahi, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Christine Cornege) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
This photo from Feb. 26, 2013 shows dry cracked land near a water reservoir in Kiwitahi, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Christine Cornege) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
In this photo from March 11, 2013, farmer Peter Brown walks on the dry ground on his dairy farm near Ohinewai, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Brett Phibbs) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
In this photo from March 11, 2013, farmer Peter Brown walks on the dry ground on his dairy farm near Ohinewai, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Brett Phibbs) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
In this photo from March 11, 2013, farmer Peter Brown walks on the dry ground on his dairy farm near Ohinewai, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Brett Phibbs) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
A sign warns about the risk of fire on Thursday, March 14, 2013, near Carterton, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand's North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country's economy. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)
A sign warns about the risk of fire on Thursday, March 14, 2013, near Carterton, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand's North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country's economy. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)
A sign warns about the risk of fire on Thursday, March 14, 2013, near Carterton, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand's North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country's economy. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)
In this photo taken on March 11, 2013, farmer Peter Brown walks on the dry ground at his dairy farm near Ohinewai, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Brett Phibbs) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
In this photo taken on March 11, 2013, farmer Peter Brown walks on the dry ground at his dairy farm near Ohinewai, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Brett Phibbs) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
In this photo taken on March 11, 2013, farmer Peter Brown walks on the dry ground at his dairy farm near Ohinewai, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Brett Phibbs) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
In this photo taken on March 11, 2013, farmer Peter Brown walks on the dry ground of his dairy farm near Ohinewai, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Brett Phibbs) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
In this photo taken on March 11, 2013, farmer Peter Brown walks on the dry ground of his dairy farm near Ohinewai, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Brett Phibbs) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT
In this photo taken on March 11, 2013, farmer Peter Brown walks on the dry ground of his dairy farm near Ohinewai, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Brett Phibbs) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT

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