Snow is falling in Auckland and downtown Wellington as a ‘one in 50 year’ polar blast spreads across New Zealand.
Auckland Council this morning reported snowfall at the Arataki Visitor Centre in the Waitakere Ranges, while police confirmed snow had fallen in areas of Counties-Manukau .
New Zealand Herald readers reported snow in Drury, Waiuku, Clevedon and the Bombay Hills, and others have reported traces of snow amid rainfall in downtown Auckland, although others have dismissed potential snow flurries as pure sleet.
Weatherwatch.co.nz has also reported light snow falling in some Auckland suburbs.
Its head forecaster Philip Duncan said the snow was mixed with rain and was not settling.
Mr Duncan said it was the first time snow had fallen in Auckland since the 1970s.
Meanwhile, snowfall is being reported in downtown Wellington.
Twitter users reported heavy falls in Newton, while Parliament workers have confirmed snowfall at the Beehive.
The bitterly cold southerly blast has now brought snow to most of New Zealand, closing roads, some airports and cutting power to thousands
Cantabrians with homes damaged in the earthquakes are being warned they may have to move out due to problems cause by a recent cold snap and large dumping of snow on the South Island.
The snow, which has fallen over the last few days, has cancelled flights and closed roads across the South Island.
Christchurch Civil Defence manager Murray Sinclair says residents need to check their homes to ensure they are sturdy and will withstand the weather. Meanwhile, engineers are seizing the opportunity to find out why so many buildings crumbled in February’s earthquake.
The engineers are among 62 individuals and groups who have put their names forward to attend the Royal Commission of Inquiry into building failures caused by the Christchurch quakes.
One hundred and eighty-two people died in the earthquakes, and more than 430 buildings have to be demolished. The Commission is expected to have an interim report completed by October.