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Winds closed Auckland Airport, Cyclone Keni wreaks havoc on Fiji

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No planes are being allowed to land at Auckland Airport and power is out across the city as winds of more than 100km/h strike.

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All flights into Auckland Airport are being diverted because of debris on the main runway caused by strong winds.

The airport said flights were either being returned to their originating airport or Christchurch.

There is no estiated time for when the runway will reopen, it said.

Power is out to many parts of New Zealand's biggest city as 100km/h winds batter the area.

Fiji's Kadavu has suffered a direct hit from Cyclone Keni with its highly destructive winds wiping out homes, uprooting trees and capsizing boats on the south side of the island.

One of the owners of the Matavai Resort on Kadavu Luke Kerchevale says the storm seemed to come out of nowhere.

"Quite a large boat is capsized because we couldn't get it to shelter soon enough. We've had a number of huge mango trees come down on a lot of our buildings," said Luke Kerchevale

The Australian who along with co-owner Mark hails from Canberra and Sydney said thankfully all of their staff and guests were safe but he said they were really worried for people in the nearby villages.

"They are really struggling. A lot of the villages have lost their houses completely. We have got a small village next to us who have had to do a walk around the mountain to get to us for shelter because they have lost everything where they are... it was pretty full on," Mr Kerchevale said.

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