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Central Pacific and Polynesian islands welcome in New Year

New Year celebrations have begun as the clock strikes midnight in islands in Polynesia and the Central Pacific.

Cities in Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati were the first to welcome in the new year as it hit 10am on New Year's Eve in London.

The end of 2016 will be marked in parts of New Zealand shortly afterwards, while celebrations are due to begin in Sydney at 1pm London time.

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