Bay of Plenty farmers are “getting a little bit desperate” as temperatures soar and soil moisture levels fall. But they are not alone and experts are warning Kiwis need to get used to more droughts as the world gets warmer. Around the Bay of Plenty many rivers, lakes and streams have hit record lows forcing some councils to impose strict water regulations. Last year was New Zealand’s hottest on record, and according to Niwa many regions are currently experiencing a big dry. Federated Farmers Rotorua-Taupo provincial president Colin Guyton says there has been no rainfall on his farm for five weeks. Meanwhile Zespri says the current dry weather could have a positive impact and enhance the kiwifruit harvest. Chief grower, industry and sustainability officer Carol Ward says it is building up to being another great-tasting crop”.