Just minutes after the shake, more than 5000 people reported it on GeoNet.
As NZ enters its first day of school holidays, many tourist destinations are hoping for a surge in visitors.
“When things get terrible, people don’t want a leader to burn down the system and entertain," one political commentator says.
Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss handling the Covid-19 pandemic.
The lockdown has made it a much easier sell, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority boss Andrew Caseley told Breakfast.
The policy changes follow the roll out last week of laws that prohibit what Beijing views as secessionist, subversive, or terrorist activities.
"Some businesses are going to have shut down, because they can't get labour."
The controversial musician scored a hit with the song in 1979.