Snow covering several areas in New Zealand
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New Zealand cities see first snow in 40 years

15 August 2011 Last updated at 15:43 BST

A cold blast from the Antarctic has brought snow to parts of New Zealand for the first time in almost 40 years.

Wellington airport was forced to close and - according to local media - access to Christchurch's quake-damaged red zone has been blocked.

More snowfalls are expected and the country's Civil Defence is warning people to be prepared.

Dimitri O'Donnell reports.