Rainmakers are definitely increasing around the New Zealand area but stubborn high pressure will continue to hold the rain clouds at sea for most (but not all) regions.
Over the next several days over 150mm of rain is forecast to fall out over the Tasman Sea, this is the biggest concentration of rain over that area so far this year – yet high pressure stuck over NZ may well keep the bulk of it offshore.
There are a couple of exceptions. The West Coast has a number of wet days ahead, but next week is looking dry there too. We may see a few more showers around the lower North Island too – but hit and miss.