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North Canterbury farmer welcomes torrential rain

Maddy Lloyd

Torrential rain has been an inconvenience to most, a disaster for many, but welcome relief for one North Canterbury farmer.

Richard Murchison has welcomed the recent heavy rain as his farm in Weka Pass enters its fourth year of drought. 

"We've gone from being very dry to rather wet, which is a good thing. The way the initial lot of rain came in last week, it soaked in beautifully," Murchison said.

Rain has caused havoc across the country.

The Murchisons wished the rain would keep falling.

"We've had three years of drought. We're heading into our fourth year of drought, so we've had extremely dry weather. I've been sending stock away grazing, and that's an unusual thing to do."

Murchison said this autumn may bring the weather his farm needed.

"We've got time now before winter to get some good growth, we just need a few warm days and it'll be great."

Listen: Richard Murchison is chuffed with the wet weather

Richard Murchison is chuffed with the wet weather