Greenpeace activists protest on Parliament House roof

Greenpeace activists on Parliament House

Wellington police have issued Greenpeace campaigners with trespass notices after the group perched on the roof of Parliament House with a number of solar panels. 

The protestors have with them a large banner targeting the Prime Minister which says “Cut pollution, create jobs? Yeah, nah” sitting alongside a smiling headshot of John Key.

The group says “the message refers to the Key Government's failure to act on climate change, which has seen pollution increase and New Zealand miss out on creating thousands of clean energy job.”

Chief policy advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand, Nathan Argent, says with people now shovelling mud out of their homes and counting the cost of the latest extreme weather events, there is no excuse for doing nothing.

“Our government needs to put in place a real climate action plan now. John Key has had seven years to take climate change seriously and to take action, but instead he's failed to introduce a single piece of law to reduce climate pollution. Pollution is only growing and it will cost our economy billions in the future.”

The group is  using the application Periscope to provide live streaming of the protest, to broadcast the event in real time.

Police say they are supporting Parliament security staff  who are currently monitoring the situation.