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.
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.https://niwa.co.nz/news/forecast-shows-auckland-region-to-stay-dry
North Shore marked its second lowest rainfall total since 1966 with just 5mm falling over the first month of the year.