All is set throughout the world to welcome 2017.

Auckland in New Zealand has become the first major world city to welcome 2017.

Fireworks erupted from the 328 meters tall sky tower in the city centre.

Polynesia and pacific islands including Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati have also entered 2017.

Many cities around the world have stepped up security for new year’s eve celebrations, after a year in which attackers drove lorries into crowds in Berlin and Nice.

In Paris, Madrid and New York, concrete barriers and heavy goods vehicles will be used to block off central squares where crowds gather to celebrate.

A “Leap Second” will be added to the countdown in countries in the GMT Timezone to compensate for a slowdown in the earth’s rotation.

The extra second will occur as clocks strike midnight and a time of 23:59:60 GMT will be recorded, delaying 2017 momentarily.

This is required because standard time lags behind atomic clocks.