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The New Zealand capital of Wellington was rocked by a strong magnitude 6.9 earthquake today that broke water mains, smashed windows and downed power lines.
There had been minor structural damage that left parts of the city without power, said Wellington Police Inspector Marty Parker.
There have been no reports of injury and no tsunami warnings.
A British man has been confirmed to be among seven crew members missing, after their ship sank during a crossing from New Zealand to Australia.
Matthew Wootton from Lancaster was travelling on board the 70-foot schooner 'Nina' with six Americans.
Maritime New Zealand said that the vessel, a 75-year-old wooden hulled boat, had not been heard of for three weeks.
Rescue operations are focusing on the fact that the crew may have been able to transfer to a life raft, after the boat sunk during a storm.
A 35-year-old British man is among seven people who have been missing for three weeks after attempting to sail from New Zealand to Australia.
Six Americans, three men and three women, were also aboard when the yacht disappeared.
A statement from Maritime New Zealand has expressed "grave concerns" for the crew.
The 70-foot schooner left northern New Zealand on 29th May, but has not been heard from since 4th June when the ship was 370 miles west-north west of Cape Reinga in "very rough" conditions with winds gusting to 68 mph and in swells of 26 foot.
A huge search and rescue effort has so far found no sign of the boat.
A Briton was recovering in a hospital after surviving a plunge from the 15th floor of his New Zealand apartment building.
Police said the 20-year-old man discovered he was locked out of his 14th floor unit in the Volt Apartment building in downtown Auckland at about 2am on Sunday.
His status has been moved from a critical to satisfactory condition.
The New Zealand Herald identified him as Tom Stilwell, a Briton in the country on a working holiday.
Volt Apartment resident Geraldine Bautista told the paper that Stilwell knocked on her door on the 15th floor at about 2am.
– Volt Apartment resident Geraldine Bautista
He just requested `Can you please let me jump off from the balcony? I will not bother you, just let me use your balcony.
In my mind I thought `OK, I'll just let you see that it's really impossible. I didn't think he'd jump, because it's really scary.
It happened so fast. It happened within seconds. I couldn't even scream for help. He was like a paper falling from here.
Friend Dave Thomas told the paper Stilwell had suffered neck and back fractures, a broken wrist, and suspected internal injuries.
Medical director Tony Smith said his survival was "extraordinarily unusual" but the roof of the low-rise building he fell on broke his fall enough to save his life.
A man has been killed in a rare shark attack at a popular New Zealand beach near Auckland.
The victim was a married man in his forties and had been swimming around 200 metres offshore when the fatal attack happened, according to New Zealand media reports.
Police estimate that the shark, which experts suggest was likely to be a great white shark, was up to four metres long. Police also confirmed that there were at least two sharks in the water at the time.
Shark attacks are rare in New Zealand, with only 11 fatal attacks having taken place since records began in 1847, New Zealand programme TNVZ reported.
Helicopter searches for the shark will continue on Wednesday night and Thursday.