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Fireworks, police at New Year's hotspots

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/12/2016

File photo of firework display from the top of the Sky Tower to welcome the New Year on January 1, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. © Dave Rowland/Getty Images File photo of firework display from the top of the Sky Tower to welcome the New Year on January 1, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealanders are set to welcome 2017 with a bang at the usual hotspots and police say they're prepared.

In Australia more than a million people flock to Sydney's harbour for a pyrotechnics display at midnight while in Auckland about 30,000 people are in town for the fireworks at Sky Tower.

There's a free concert and DJ Max Key, son of former Prime Minister John Key, will be playing at the midnight moment.

It's windy in Wellington but a council spokesman says fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight are going ahead unless the weather really packs it in.

Wellington City Council has organised a waterfront party from 8pm around Whairepo Lagoon and at Frank Kitts Park on the Wellington waterfront.

In Dunedin the council has organised a concert in the Octagon. At midnight, the Robbie Burns Cannon will fire a single salute, and people are encouraged to sing along to Auld Lang Syne followed by the fireworks show.

In Central Otago about 7500 people are in Wanaka for the Rhythm and Alps music festival and in Gisborne behaviour at Rhythm and Vines was good in 2015 and organisers are looking for a repeat, having banned BYO alcohol.

Police say they have additional staff on the ground in areas such as Northland, Auckland, Mt Maunganui, Coromandel Peninsula, Queenstown and Wanaka but they aren't saying how many.

Last year there were 22 arrests in the western Bay of Plenty on New Year's Eve but police say their presence is focused on prevention and helping those celebrating to stay safe.

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