Cyclone Pam has bought strong wind, power cuts and large seas to the north of the North Island as its first effects are felt in New Zealand.
Wind gusts of 144 kilometres an hour have been recorded in parts the Hauraki Gulf and similar strength wind in exposed parts of Northland.
Power was cut to almost 2000 homes in the Auckland region. However, this has now been fixed.
The Ministry of Civil Defence said large, possibly damaging waves and strong winds were being experienced on the east coast of the North Island, especially from Hawkes Bay to Cape Reinga.
Rain was also heavy in Gisborne and and more than 100mm has accumulated in some areas.
At midnight the storm was some 450 kilometres north of East Cape, and is forecast to pass along the east coast of New Zealand today and tomorrow.
By midday it is expected to lie some 150 kilometres east of East Cape.