Fry­ing Waikato un­der fire ban

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ALI TOCKER

Farm­ers are be­ing urged not to light fires while the Waikato re­gion swel­ters and farm­ers pray for rain.

Scrub and bush fires have got out of hand this month, in­clud­ing at Wain­garo, Orini and Taupo in the re­gion, and in other parts of the coun­try.

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers Waikato pres­i­dent James Houghton urged ev­ery­one in the re­gion to be sen­si­ble with water use, ‘‘ par­tic­u­larly around town’’.

North­ern New Zealand, in­clud­ing the Waikato and Coro­man­del, might get lit­tle to no rain at all un­til Fe­bru­ary.

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