If the ancient Mayans, a Hollywood movie and countless armchair prophets are to be believed, the world as we know it will end on December 21 - which is actually tomorrow New Zealand time.
The internet is overflowing with predictions of worldwide infernos, tsunamis and asteroids, as the end date of a 5125-year-long Mayan calendar approaches. Some are readying for the aftermath of the forecasted apocalypse by stocking up on emergency supplies.
The Southland Times hit the streets to find out what Southlanders believe - will we survive to see Christmas, or should we build bunkers in our backyard?
Here's what they said:
Jayden Cusack, Invercargill
Considering the results of previous end-of-the-world predictions, Mr Cusack said he was not putting much faith in this one.
''It's probably not going to happen because, you know, there's heaps of other prophecies.
''It's my mum's birthday so it's a bit of a weird coincidence.''
He was not prepared for a big emergency, and did not believe many Southlanders would be investing in apocalypse-proof bunkers.
''I don't think anyone in Invercargill could afford that kind of stuff.''
Ashleigh Bootsma, Manapouri
Although she didn't believe the world would end today, Miss Bootsma did not want to live to face the possible starvation, war and zombies in a post-apocalyptic world.
''I just want to die instantly if it does [happen].''
She said she was not prepared and had no real supplies for an emergency of any kind.
Evan Stephens, Invercargill
Mr Stephens is definitely not a believer, claiming media and internet users hyped the story ''because they have nothing better to do''.
He said he did have some emergency supplies stored in case of a more likely emergency, such as an earthquake.
Hayden Barr, Winton
Mr Barr said media coverage and expert opinions had made him think more carefully about the predicted apocalypse.
''I'm on the fence, actually.''
After moving from Christchurch following the earthquakes, he was prepared for anything, with emergency supplies in the back of his car.
''If it does happen, we can drive away safely.''
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