More farmers in Northland are being forced to apply for financial assistance as drought bites in the region.
There's been no significant rain in the area for five months and some farmers are struggling to feed their stock and pay their bills.
The Northland Rural Support Trust says four farmers are now receiving rural assistance payments to meet their living costs. Several more have applied for assistance.
Co-ordinator Helen Moody says this drought will affect farmers for years to come.
Ms Moody also says some sheep and beef farmers have found they have not destocked enough to cope with the dry conditions and are now having to sell stock at very low prices.