Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National leader Christopher Luxon are among numerous politicians who have expressed their "anger" and "distress" on social media this afternoon as police stormed Parliament's front lawn to disperse rioting protesters.
Speaking in a press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she is "both angry and deeply saddened" to see Parliament's grounds "desecrated" by protesters as police forced the occupation off the precinct.
While she said police expected hostility, resistance and violence "it is another thing entirely to witness it".
Just after 5.30pm, National leader Christopher Luxon called today's events "shocking and distressing".
"There's no justification for such abhorrent behaviour," he wrote.
Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said it was a "horrible sad day" at Parliament as fires broke out on the front lawn.
Green MP Golriz Ghahraman took to social media to share images of an "exploding fire" outside people's workplaces, schools, universities and homes.
National's Covid-19 response spokesman Chris Bishop said he could smell smoke while working inside Parliament.
"My office is full of smoke and [the] select committee is in full swing. Scary times," fellow national MP Erica Stanford wrote on Twitter.
Transport Minister Michael Wood said the protest has been a "terrible and disruptive episode". Wood said many protesters are "vulnerable, hurt and manipulated".
Meanwhile, The Chair of the National Māori Authority and the person behind the #endtheprotest campaign has thanked Police for taking charge at Parliament.
Matthew Tukaki said behaviour seen at the protest was nothing more than feral. He also said while there have been people down at the protest wanting to pursue Kaupapa, that was all drowned out by violence.
"This past few weeks Wellingtonians have suffered abuse, financial pressure on their small businesses, disruption to work and our children's education with school closures – all because these phantom few didn't like the fact that A: a majority Government was elected that they just didn't like, B: they wanted us to all believe that their conspiracy theories meant we were all wrong when it came to the pandemic and C: that they had some god-given right to hold us all to ransom.
"And even sadder than that was a very small number of Māori who decided to throw tikanga out the window and essentially invade Marae and Māori infrastructure," he said.
Tukaki thanked emergency service staff, Ngāti Toa, Te Atiawa, Taranaki Whānau and Wellingtonians for their work.
"We are finally getting our Capital back," Tukaki said.
Wellington City Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons said she was angry protesters chose to burn down a beloved slide.
Nelson Labour MP Rachel Boyack called the scenes at Parliament "distressing".