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Countries around the world are celebrating the arrival of 2012. New Zealand was the first with an impressive fireworks display in Auckland, capping a year that has seen deep contrast in the country’s fortunes.

A series of earthquakes struck the city of Christchurch in 2011 starting with a huge tremor 10 months ago that killed almost 200 people.

But there was better news later in the year when the famous All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup, earning a knighthood for the coach Graham Henry.