WATCH: New Zealand first to ring in the New Year

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (NBC) — 2016 is finally here!

A fireworks display was held in Auckland as New Zealand became one of the first countries to usher in the New Year.

As the clocks struck midnight, the sky lit up with a colorful display emanating from the sky tower, to celebrate the start of 2016. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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