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Auck­land is head­ing for a record 40-day dry spell to­mor­row as drought stretches from north­ern Waikato to North­land.

A to­tal fire ban has been de­clared across the whole North Island and much of the South Island from to­day.

But while Gis­borne, Welling­ton, Hawke’s Bay and Tas­man face wa­ter re­stric­tions, Auck­lan­ders on town wa­ter can still wa­ter the gar­den and even clean the car.

That’s hard to ac­cept for Kaipara Flats res­i­dent Ruth Mor­row, who has lim­ited her fam­ily to 30-sec­ond show­ers and taped over the taps. “It’s touch and go if we make it or if we run out,” she says.

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