5 Dec 2023

Nationwide protests mark swearing in of 54th parliament

From Midday Report, 12:11 pm on 5 December 2023

Tuesday's swearing in of the country's 54th parliament has been marked by nationwide protest action against the new coalition government.

Thousands of people turned out in centres around the country to join co-ordinated protests called by Te Pāti Māori over what it describes as the government's anti-Māori policies.

In Wellington, a large group marched to parliament, while in Auckland and other cities, protestors briefly blocked roads and highways.

Inside parliament - MPs are gathered for the official swearing-in ceremony and election of a Speaker.

Deputy political editor Craig McCulloch spoke to Charlotte Cook.