First New Year fireworks are lit as New Zealand, Australia welcome 2023

2022 has been quite a year, and now it's time to welcome a brand new 2023

Thousands in Tonga, Samoa and Kiribati/Christmas Island have welcomed 2023.

They are the first in the world to see the New Year – which is still 10:00 am GMT on December 31.

New Zealand and Australia followed as the clock ticks midnight when in the UK it is 11:00 am.

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And despite being only a one-hour flight away from Samoa, the island of American Samoa is 25 hours behind and will be one of the last places to enter the New Year.

The last place to welcome the New Year is the uninhabited Howland and Baker Islands, near the United States, at 12 pm GMT on January 1.