Surviving to thriving – Diary of a drought A drought is defined as a rainfall deficit which restricts or prevents a human activity – for example, farming or power generation. Extended dry periods are experienced in New Zealand most years, but whether or not they are classed as drought depends on a range of different factors. Hawke’s Bay and Northland are currently in the grips of a drought. In this episode, North Canterbury farmer and member of our Meat and Wool Executive Dan Hodgen talks to our host about the North Canterbury drought which lasted four years. Dan speaks from his own experiences and memories about moving from “surviving to thriving” Dan speaks about recognising trigger points, the importance of making early decisions and the actions that the North Canterbury rural community took together to thrive in adversity.