Preparing for El Nino - Tools and support available

30 October 2023

Forecasters have confirmed the arrival of the El Niño weather pattern in Aotearoa. It may become stronger later this year and last into 2024. Every El Niño is different, which means it’s hard to predict its impact on our climate and weather. It’s important to have a plan and be prepared. Here is an overview of tools and support available to help you manage, with a focus on those living in rural areas.

This information is from the Ministry for Primary Industries:

Managing drought

Ministry for Primary Industries

Drought resources -

On Farm Support -

0800 008 333

Beef + Lamb New Zealand

0800 233 352


0800 4 DAIRY NZ (0800 4 324 7969)

Irrigation NZ

Information & advice for growers

Horticulture New Zealand

0508 467 869

Foundation for Arable Research

Fire safety

FENZ information on wildfire

FENZ fire safety checklist

FENZ lighting fires safely

MPI information on wildfire

Water conservation


Irrigation NZ

Taumata Arowai

Heat stress in stock

Ministry for Primary Industries


Support Networks

Rural Support Trust

0800 787 254


Federated Farmers

0800 Farming (0800 327 646)

Rural Women New Zealand

04 473 5524

Dairy Women’s Network

0800 396 748

Health and Wellbeing

Te Whatu Ora -health/heat