22 Sep 2017

Man who set himself on fire has died, police say

6:54 am on 22 September 2017

The man who appeared to have set himself on fire outside Parliament yesterday has died in hospital overnight, police say.

The scene where the man set himself on fire outside Parliament.

Emergency services can be seen outside Parliament on Thursday. Photo: RNZ

Emergency services rushed to the scene just before 4pm yesterday and treated the man where he lay, near the statue of Richard Seddon.

The man was then taken to Wellington Hospital in a critical condition.

Police said this morning they were still investigating what had happened.

They were conducting enquiries on behalf of the coroner.