The last few months were pretty dry with no rainfall other than a few drops that pretty much instantly evaporated upon hitting the ground.

I think the last rain was some time before Christmas last year which would make it three months with no rain at all.

NIWA Quote:

In Auckland city, just 5mm of rain was recorded at the Motat weather station—the lowest since 1948 and just 7% of normal. Whenuapai had 7mm of rain, the lowest since 1943 and 9% of normal.
North Shore marked its second lowest rainfall total since 1966 with just 5mm falling over the first month of the year.

https://niwa.co.nz/news/forecast-shows-auckland-region-to-stay-dry
NIWA NZ Draught Index Map, 08 Feb 2020

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