23 Aug 2022

Large police presence in capital as anti-government protesters gather at Parliament

1:20 pm on 23 August 2022

Some roads in central Wellington were closed and police were out in force today as a large anti-government protest gathered at Parliament.

Extra police were called in from outside the Wellington police district.

The action was organised by a group associated with Destiny Church.

Its leader, Brian Tamaki, said he had created a party called Freedoms New Zealand, which was about to be registered as a political party, though he would not be standing himself.

The protest had begun to wind down by mid-afternoon on Tuesday.

See how it unfolded: