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.