Residents of the Far North have been banned from using sprinklers on their thirsty gardens as the council imposes water restrictions.
The region has had a dry start to summer, with Kerikeri getting only eight percent of its expected rainfall last month - the lowest since records began in 1935.
Kaitaia also recorded its second sunniest December on record.
Demand for water has been high, as the population increases during tourist season.
The Far North District Council has now banned the use of sprinklers, automatic irrigators and unattended garden hoses.
Council manager of infrastructure and assets Jacqui Robson said the ban was necessary to delay the need for more stringent restrictions.
Failing to comply could result in a fine of up to $20,000.
The council was encouraging people to report unauthorised water use.