The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management is assessing the tsunami threat to New Zealand after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck near the Kermadec Islands.
The earthquake occurred in the Kermadec Islands region at 10.55am.
Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters hazardous waves are possible for coasts within 300km of the epicentre, according to UNESCO.
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, which is making the assessment alongside GNS Science, said if a tsunami has been generated in this location it is not likely to arrive in New Zealand for at least two hours.
The Government agency added that only the messages it issued represent the official warning status for New Zealand.
Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre messages do not represent the official warning status for New Zealand.