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Extinction Rebellion block off street in central Wellington

Climate change protesters have glued themselves to a glass wall inside a bank in central Wellington.

Protesters outside the ANZ Bank on Willis Street. Photo: RNZ / Rob Dixon

The ANZ branch on Willis Street has shut down, workers have left and police are at the scene.

The protesters tried to do the same further up the street at the oil and natural gas company, OMV, but staff had already left the building.

Earlier today about 500 protesters from the same climate action protest group, Extinction Rebellion, closed down Stout Street in central Wellington.

Six protesters attached themselves to a pink car at one end of Stout St, having removed the wheels so it is immobilised. Another person has attached themself to a three-metre pink boat at the other end of the street.

Protesters in Central Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Rob Dixon

Six people also glued themselves onto the building housing the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

It is believed the protesters will move on from Stout Street, to cause more disruption, though they have not said exactly where.

Wellington City Council said the protest had caused bus diversions. Bus routes are now being returned to normal on Lambton Quay, but may be subject to disruptions as they occur, it said on Twitter.

Extinction Rebellion members said they would risk arrest to pressure the government to take swift action on climate change.

"Going on the streets, and disrupting the process, enough that people are willing to engage with how bad the problem is, is the kaupapa of Extinction Rebellion and it's been very successful so far," spokesperson Sea Rotmann said.

Protester Jen Olsen told Morning Report that the protest is set to continue "all day today".

She said they were targetting the MBIE office to demonstrate against the petroluem exploration permits that have been granted.

"And at a time of climate crisis, we think that is just a gross irresponsbility."

Extinction Rebellion protesters have blocked off Stout St in central Wellington, in a bid to cause disruptions outside MBIE's office. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

Staff working for the MBIE have been told to work from home.

A spokesperson said all access points into its Stout Street building were closed.

MBIE security is monitoring the situation and will work with police if required.

Extinction Rebellion is prepared to cause disruptions to make their point but today's demonstration was aimed more at the government rather than the public, Ms Olsen said.

Extinction Rebellion protest in Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Harry Lock

The global movement plans to shut down 60 cities worldwide today, starting with Wellington.

While planning was meticulous for the event today, Ms Olsen said, they also recognise they probably won't gather the same big number of protesters as those in bigger cities around the world.

"But we're the first country in the world [today] that is taking this action. We wanted to make it something that would be successful."

Protesters set up at Stout St on the corner with Lambton Quay. Photo: RNZ / Kent Atkinson

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