Australian fires colour New Zealand skies

00:38, Jan 19 2013
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The sun struggles to shine through the haze east of Wellington.
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Sunrise shows up the smoke from the Australian bushfires, seen here near Wellington.
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A rainbow of colours at sunrise.
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Friday night's sunset in Nelson.
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The sunrise in Kaikoura this morning.
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Wellington's sunrise.
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The sun going down in Auckland.
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A striking scene.
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Shot early this morning in Rangiora.
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The sun coming up in Tangimoana, Manawatu.
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A hazy sunset over the South Island.
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Pink hues over Kaikoura.

Australian bushfires are sending a yellow, smoky haze over New Zealand.

A striking sunrise was seen from North Canterbury to Waikato today, as fires in New South Wales and Victoria fires continue to burn, sending send smoke and dust across the Tasman Sea.

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HAZY: Sunrise over the hill east of Wellington this morning.

Metservice forecaster Richard Finnie said the trajectory of the airflow meant particles from across the ditch were caught up in upper south easterlies over New Zealand.

The yellow skies, that had turned ''milky'' later this morning, were at its most intense today.

''We've had it before, I know [after] the Melbourne ones we got quite a number of days of it.''

It could create an ''interesting'' sunset tonight, he said.

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