A huge ash cloud is covering the central North Island as Mt Tongariro erupts for the first time in more than a century.
Roads were closed, flights disrupted and nearby residents have been advised to stay indoors as ash and rock spews from the mountain.
The volcanic alert level for Mt Tongariro has risen from 1 to 2, while the aviation colour code has been raised to red.
I am horrified. I will keep up with this each day.