A small quake that rattled the Wellington region could be felt across the country.
It hit the north coast of New Zealand just before midnight local time (06:00 GMT).
The Wellington Earthquake Response Centre said that the magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck off the coast of the state’s capital of Wellington.
The quake was felt as far north as Wellington.
It is not yet clear whether the earthquake was a natural event, but it was felt across New Zealand’s north coast.
“This is a pretty large magnitude and there’s no doubt that it is a natural shock,” Wellington Earthquake Center chief meteorologist Pauline Waugh said.
Waugh said it was possible the quake was caused by a natural earthquake or an aftershock.
The Wellington region has been hit by a series of earthquakes, including one in October 2017 that caused significant damage and killed more than 50 people.