We are sitting in silence, just looking at our ipads, computers and the tv.
Every now and then someone in the room gets up and wanders over to the window.
I wander across the road and sit in the park. There are very few cars on a normally busy road. Those that do drive by are going slower and with their lights on.
The houses surrounding the park all have their house lights on.
It's 2:00pm in the middle of the day and it feels more like 8:30 pm or just coming on night fall.
An apocalyptic feel hangs in the air. The whole of Auckland city and outer suburbs has turned a hazy orange.
A child asks if it's the end of the world. People are taking photos. We can smell smoke in the air and anyone that has asthma or breathing problems is starting to worry.
An ambulance drives by and i wonder if it's related to the air quality.
Our emergency line has had 100s of calls from concerned people wondering why our sky looks the way it does.
The haze has drifted across the ocean from all the fires in Australia.
4150 Kms from Auckland. That in itself seems unreal.
You have to wonder. If it's like this in Auckland you can only imagine what it must be like for those that live and breath this horror so close to them.
You read every article hour after hour to see if any of the fires have been extinguished but as yet there has been no good news. It's the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing at night.
For our families that live so close to this unpredictable monster of a blaze, to the little children and their parents this must the scariest thing they will ever live through.
It's hard to imagine how they must feel going to bed at night time not knowing how close the fires will be when they wake up in the morning.
10am in the morning looks like 8pm at night time. It's bright red and its really scary. Fire embers float through the air and threatens every family. Their homes, Their possessions and everything about their lives is at risk of being taken from them in an instant.
Our hearts go out to every Australian. We are all so grateful to those that put their own lives on the line to help fight this unprecedented nightmare that they are going through.
These men and women gave up their Christmas with their families. They gave up their New Year to save people.
I feel for all the animals that have nowhere to run, nowhere to hide and have no understanding of what's going on.
Experts believe 480 million animals so far have perished in these fires since September.
We have driven through many towns in Australia and all the eucalyptus trees grow right up against the roads. I can't understand why they don't cut them back off the roadside.
This pic is outside our door today in Auckland 4150 km from the fires.