In pictures: Anti-racism demonstrations in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington


Protesters in Auckland voice their disgust at the murder of George Floyd in the US by a Minnesota police officer.

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Protesters in Auckland voice their disgust at the murder of George Floyd in the US by a Minnesota police officer.

Thousands of Kiwis have marched in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters in the United States.

Riots erupted in the US after days of protests in the name of George Floyd, an African American man who died after being handcuffed and pleading for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck. The officer in question, Derek Chauvin​, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

But in New Zealand events were peaceful, despite several thousand people gathering in Auckland, and hundreds more in Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington.

Protesters started arriving early in central Auckland.

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Protesters started arriving early in central Auckland.

Thousands marched peacefully through the country's largest city.

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Thousands marched peacefully through the country’s largest city.

Protestors break into a haka in support of Black Lives Matter.

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Protestors break into a haka in support of Black Lives Matter.

Protesters gather in Auckland's Aotea Square prepare to walk down Queen St.

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Protesters gather in Auckland’s Aotea Square prepare to walk down Queen St.

A protestor wears a facemask emblazoned with some last words spoken by US African American man George Floyd, who was killed by a Minnesota police officer.

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A protestor wears a facemask emblazoned with some last words spoken by US African American man George Floyd, who was killed by a Minnesota police officer.

Organisers estimated at least 2000 people gathered in Auckland's Aotea Sqaure.

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Organisers estimated at least 2000 people gathered in Auckland’s Aotea Sqaure.

Organisers emphasised the protest was a peaceful action and implored those gathered to remain non-violent.

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Organisers emphasised the protest was a peaceful action and implored those gathered to remain non-violent.

Hundreds of people gathered in Aotea Square in Auckland in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters in the United States.

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Hundreds of people gathered in Aotea Square in Auckland in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters in the United States.

A massive crowd also turned out in the pouring rain in the Cathedral Square, Christchurch.

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A massive crowd also turned out in the pouring rain in the Cathedral Square, Christchurch.

The Black Lives Matter March for Solidarity protest in Christchurch.

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The Black Lives Matter March for Solidarity protest in Christchurch.

Members of a massive crowd turned out in the pouring rain for the Black Lives Matter March for Solidarity protest held in the Cathedral Square Christchurch during Queens Birthday weekend.

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Members of a massive crowd turned out in the pouring rain for the Black Lives Matter March for Solidarity protest held in the Cathedral Square Christchurch during Queens Birthday weekend.

Protesters also marched from Frank Kitts Park in Wellington to Parliament.

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Protesters also marched from Frank Kitts Park in Wellington to Parliament.

Tanaka Gapare, left, and Lisa Tafadzwa Moyo in Wellington.

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Tanaka Gapare, left, and Lisa Tafadzwa Moyo in Wellington.

The march ended at Wellington's Beehive.

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The march ended at Wellington’s Beehive.

Back in Auckland, organisers called on the crowd to listen to black, brown and Maori people when they described discrimination against them by New Zealand police.

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Back in Auckland, organisers called on the crowd to listen to black, brown and Maori people when they described discrimination against them by New Zealand police.

The protest in Auckland ended as it began: peacefully. An organiser told the thousands gathered outside the United States consulate to go home peacefully. “Aotearoa is done for today. – but tomorrow the fight starts again.”

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The protest in Auckland ended as it began: peacefully. An organiser told the thousands gathered outside the United States consulate to go home peacefully. “Aotearoa is done for today. – but tomorrow the fight starts again.”

Following the official end of the Black Lives Matter solidarity protest in Auckland, a small core of several hundred gathered around the corner from the consulate on lower Queen St. They continued to chant and are writing the names of people killed by police in the United States.

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Following the official end of the Black Lives Matter solidarity protest in Auckland, a small core of several hundred gathered around the corner from the consulate on lower Queen St. They continued to chant and are writing the names of people killed by police in the United States.