Cyclone Yasi dominates the front pages of New Zealand's main newspapers.
The New Zealand Herald says it is the 'mother of all storms,' with evacuation centres so full there's been no room for late comers.
The Dominion Post says Yasi will be scoring a 'king hit' on Queensland, as the state's agony continues, just weeks after it was ravaged by floods. It carries a photo of one family left to fend for themselves in the open after their local emergency centre was declared full.
Describing a 'monster' storm, The Press talks to former Cantabrians in Queensland who were battening down the hatches.
The Otago Daily Times talks to former Dunedin man Damian Philippa, whose family was holed up in a friend's hillside house in Cairns anticipating the onslaught.
In other news:
- The Dominion Post says public service chief has been funded by taxpayers to commute, this time from his family home in Australia.
- The paper also reports Victoria University professor Sir Paul Callaghan has been named New Zealander of the Year for his work in nanotechnology and magnetic resonance.
- The Otago Daily Times says grave fears are held for the safety of a Roxburgh man believed to have fallen into the swollen, swift-flowing Talla Burn near Beaumont while taking water samples.