A strong, deep 6.2-magnitude earthquake that hit 20 km south of Taumarunui has been felt around the country.
GeoNet has reported the quake was a magnitude 6.2, although it was centered at a depth of 207km.
Civil Defence said there was no tsunami threat from the shake.
Minister Kris Fa'afoi said his staff are in touch with the Manawatu civil defence.
He is urging caution as there could be aftershocks.
Fire and Emergency said there were no reports of damage.
More than 15,000 people have already reported feeling the quake on GeoNet.
So maybe we should be putting Jesus back into the parliamentary prayer... #eqnz— Sam Sachdeva (@SamSachdevaNZ) October 30, 2018
That was a very widely felt earthquake. We hope you are all okay. More information soon. #eqnz— GeoNet (@geonet) October 30, 2018
That seemed to go on forever! First one for me on the 15th floor of Bowen House. #eqnz— Deborah Russell MP (@BeeFaerie) October 30, 2018
Parliament was suspended after the quake, although MPs have now returned.
Deputy speaker Anne Tolley was sitting in the chair during debate on a Government Bill, and made the call to suspend Parliament.
The video below shows the moment the earthquake hit Parliament (around 2.30 in).
"I never thought I'd have to do that, suspend the House until we find out what's happened," she said.
"There were public in the galleries and people need to just make sure their staff are okay. We're in the safest building probably in the country - but just to make sure and get some advice."
A Taumarunui local said the earthquake made the second storey of his home sway from side to side.
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