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 7.  TIMELINE OF EVENTS - 1994
   
 Legend
    Monthly Rainfall
      Weather | Water Forecasts
Date
News reports - Auckland Drought / Water supply
Personal Contacts with Watercare
January
 Storage 65%
See Section 6. for more details.
12/1
 Watercare ad campaign - water conservation 
   January rainfall below average (67mm) at 36mm
February
 Storage 58%
23/2
 Sprinkler restrictions start

 February rainfall below average (78mm) at 53.1mm
March
 Storage 48%
9/3

 Call to Watercare - drought enquiry -  M. Bourne unavailable
22/3
 Storage 45.5%  Call M. Bourne re drought details
   March rainfall above average (84mm) at 94mm
April
 Storage 41%
8/4
 Storage 40%
13/4
 Sprinkler ban. Hose restrictions 

 April rainfall below average (94mm) at 68.4mm
May
 Storage 36%.   Watercare - 'now 1 in 100 year drought'
6/5
 Watercare admits to water crisis  - set savings target
25/5

 Call M. Bourne - request meeting - WM proposal
27/5
 Storage32.5%   Watercare - 'not reach 50% by winter's end'
28/5
 J. Salinger (NIWA)  'very low chances of high winter rainfall'
31/5
 NZ Herald - 'need 50+ days good rainfall - remote chance'

 May rainfall half average (100mm) at 58mm
June
 Storage 31.4%
3/6
  Watercare - 'Auckland run out of water in 10 months'  Call M. Bourne - appointment set for 8 June
8/6
 Sir B. Curtis says Watercare not capable of solving crisis  Visit Watercare - M. Bourne meeting postponed
9/6
 Govt threat - sack Watercare officials - incompetent   Call M. Bourne - not available

 J. Salinger (NIWA) 'this winter | spring as dry as last winter

 and July rainfall only 20% chance above average'
10/6
 Auckland mayors approve pipeline  - cost $50-100 million. 
13/6

 Call Watercare - R. Chandler set meeting for 14 June
14/6
 Storage 31.8%. Govt considers fast-track pipeline  Meeting with M. Bourne - WM proposal outlined
19/6
 J. Salinger (NIWA) '40 -1 odds winter rain 50% above normal'  Formal proposal completed - to be presented
21/6

 Call Watercare - need endorsement for proposal
22/6

 Visit Prof R. Walker - endorsement obtained
27/6
 Storage 32.6%  Call Watercare (A McPike) - need resource consent, NIWA


  to monitor trial, funding, etc. Will investigate

 June rainfall below average (124mm) at 93mm
July


1/7

 Call A. McPike - Watercare cannot fund trial - 'too 


 busy'. Offer to do 'unofficial' trial - no objection
4/7
 Watercare orders pipes for Waikato
12/7
 Storage 33.9%
13/7
  Watercare - 'lakes about 40% full by end of winter'
23/7
 Storage 37%. Waitakere oppose pipeline - need audit  Decision to start unofficial WM trial - stop pipeline
26/7
 Storage 38.9%  J. Salinger (NIWA) 'drier August 60% likely'  Call A. McPike - trial begun - invited to monitor results
27/7
 Storage 45.1%
30/7
 Watercare - admits drought not "1in 100 year" event

 July rainfall above average (118mm) at 156.1mm
August
 Storage 47%  Continue WM trial
8/8
 Storage 51.5%
17/8
 Storage over 53%  Call Sir B. Curtis - advice - problems with Watercare
23/8
 Tainui Trust objects to Waikato pipeline - 3 month delay
29/8

 Deliver proposal and letter to Watercare 
31/8
  Watercare - 'next 12 months inflows only 45% of average'  Watercare letter declines WM proposal

 August rainfall below average (118mm) at 90mm  No further contact with Watercare
September

 Continue WM trial
5/9
 Storage near 60%
8/9
 J.Salinger (NIWA) - 'September rainfall close to | below average'
28/9
 Storage near 70%

 September rainfall well above average (91mm) at 208mm
October

 Continue WM trial
4/10
 Storage 77%.  Watercare -  end to crisis and halt to pipeline   Success - continue trial to ensure crisis over
8/10
 Storage near 80%   NIWA - 'October drier than usual'
20/10
 Auckland Regional Trust to review "future of Watercare"
31/10
 Storage 90.1%

 October rainfall well above average (76mm) at 133.8mm
November
 Storage over 90%  End of WM trial
2/11
 J.Salinger (NIWA) - 'Auckland weather... a challenge'

 November rainfall below average (83mm) at 40mm
December
 Storage / rainfall declining. Drought returns to North Island.
 
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