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Watch: Water-filled condoms thrown at Donald Trump effigy by climate change protesters as Rex Tillerson visits NZ

Around 150 placard-waving protesters have thrown water-filled condoms at an effigy of Donald Trump, objecting to his withdrawal from the Paris climate deal and calling on Bill English to take a stronger stand.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 06: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with Prime Minister of New Zealand Bill English at Premier House June 06, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/ http://marktantrum.com commissioned by the Department of Internal Affairs, Visits and Ceremonies Office)
Bill English and Rex Tillerson. Source: Supplied

It came as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Wellington today on a whistle-stop official visit, in what Foreign Minster Gerry Brownlee says is a chance to strengthen the close relationship between the two countries.

About 150 people were at the protest outside Parliament, calling for Bill English to take a stronger stance on climate change. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Tillerson arrived this afternoon to driving rain in the capital. He was greeted on the Wellington Airport tarmac by Mr Brownlee.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee greets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee greets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Source: Supplied

"We welcome Secretary Tillerson's visit as a chance to strengthen the close relationship between New Zealand and the United States, to discuss some of the world's most pressing issues, and to further promote our economic ties," Mr Brownlee said last week.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Wellington.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Wellington. Source: Supplied

"We share a deep interest in maintaining peace, prosperity and stability in the Asia Pacific region and we have worked closely together to counter terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan."

New Zealand Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee greets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee greets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Source: Supplied

The Secretary of State said the US was willing to work bilaterally with countries such as NZ despite backing out of TPP and the Paris Accord. Source: 1 NEWS


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