A massive pipi bed in Whangarei harbour is dying and there are fears the change could destabilise the harbour - and Marsden Point itself, Radio NZ reports.
The volume of pipis on Mair Bank has slumped from 10,000 tonnes to less than 100 tonnes, sparking fears the massive sandbank, which protects the harbour entrance, will disappear.
Wairarapa is the latest region where the long dry summer is taking its toll on farmers.
The Wairarapa Drought Committee, made up of regional councillors and farmers, has declared a state of local drought.
While the declaration doesn't give farmers any compensation, it's one step closer to having a formal drought declared by the Ministry for Primary Industries.
A blistering heatwave is scorching western Queensland with temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius and will spread to the south-east later this week.
Outback towns in the state's south-west endured temperatures of 9C above average over the weekend.
Longreach recorded its hottest March day since 1985 on Sunday, hitting 43C.
A northeast flow across the country is adding humidity and cloud cover to much of New Zealand at the start of this week.
Entire North Island
A mix of sun and cloud, some larger cloudy areas today. Light winds, generally from the North East.
Highs: 22 to 26
Tonight's Lows: 11 to 16
Marlborough & Nelson
A northeast windflow is currently dominating the skies above New Zealand, bringing humidity and cloud cover to the North Island in particular, but not much in the way of wind...
Our proximity to the tropics and this approaching airflow means many kiwis will likely find the next couple of evenings tough conditions for sleeping - particularly in the north.
A number of fronts move in to the country this week – with the North Island furthest away from them it’s likely to be drier for longer there.
However rain moves up the West Coast every day this week – with some spillover into the very dry west. The rain clouds reach the North Island later on Wednesday but mostly into Thursday and Friday.
A combination of increasing humidity, warmer nor'easters and a brighter moon every 24 hours this week means the week ahead may be an increasingly sleepless one for many Kiwis.
WeatherWatch.co.nz says overnight lows won't be overly hot but will be warm enough to be "uncomfortable for some".
The US coastguard has had to deploy icebreakers on New York's waterways to keep shipping and ferry traffic running.
Although the northeastern US is used to cold winters, conditions have been particular icy in early 2015.
Ice in rivers and waterways, including New York's Hudson River, has caused serious travel disruption.
The beginning of the first week of autumn, and we will hopefully start to see some distinctly autumnal weather - meaning showers - this week.
Getting rain out of the clouds this summer has been like getting blood out of a stone with four medium scale droughts still in force and several neighbouring regions suffering from a 'big dry'.