Victoria University students Nick Meehan and Anjali Samra enjoying Wellington’s first major snowfall in decades. Photo
courtesy of Nick Meehan.
Social networking sites Facebook and Twitter have provided round-the-clock updates on the fierce snowstorm that is
sweeping the country. Despite (or perhaps because of) school closures
and road blocks
, most Kiwis seem delighted with the unusual weather, posting pictures of snowmen
and excited snow-related statuses at a furious rate.
Not everyone is thrilled with the weather conditions, however. Wellington Zoo uploaded several pictures of disgruntled lions
, no doubt confused at weather never-before-seen in either Wellington or their natural habitat. Service workers have
even more reason to be upset; KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks employees were informed
they would receive no compensation for their lost hours at work. Indeed, many shops have shut down, prompting christina_evans
of Christchurch to comment: “Walked around my neighbourhood and discovered two types of shops are open: dairies and the
liquor store #snowmaggedon #essentialindustry
City councils and weather services have found Facebook and Twitter very helpful for alerting people about power cuts
providing other helpful information. ChristchurchCC
, for example, is making regular updates
on road management and urged residents to “keep warm, keep safe”.
A collection of links to snow-related news, forecasts and pictures can be found below.
Photos of Wellington snowfall: available here