James Shaw attack: New Zealand climate minister punched in face

New Zealand's Climate Change Minister James Shaw poses in Wellington New Zealand. Nick Perry  AP

New Zealand's Climate Change Minister James Shaw poses in Wellington New Zealand. Nick Perry AP

MPs from across the political spectrum have come out to condemn this morning's attack against Green Party co-leader James Shaw. "But the messages of support are overwhelming and we are focused on supporting James at this time".

"My thoughts are with James and also [his partner] Annabel".

Local police confirmed that Shaw was assaulted at around 7:50 a.m. local time near Botanic Garden which leads the footpath to the parliament building.

"We need to reflect upon what it is that is going on in society that causes people to be so extreme in their reactions to things they disagree with."

"We have an environment in New Zealand where politicians are accessible, and that's something we should feel proud of", Ms Ardern told reporters. "But today's events really show we can not take that for granted", Ardern told reporters.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told media in Ashburton she had spoken to Shaw following the attack, and while he said he was well it was clear that the incident had caught him off-guard.

The United Nations Environment Assembly is now underway in Nairobi.

"We're making sure he's resting up and getting checked out". Thank you all for the aroha people have been expressing today.

There would have been a large number of vehicles travelling on the road, as well as cyclists and pedestrians about.

Witnesses of the incident are sought by police.

Mr Shaw's Green colleague Gareth Hughes wrote: The NZ Greens team are shocked this happened to James and are supporting him today.

A senior New Zealand government minister was assaulted in an early-morning street attack Thursday that left him with a black eye and shook up Wellington's normally laid-back political atmosphere.

"I don't want the lose the Kiwi way of the public being able to approach us and have a chat with us, that's one of the things I really enjoy".

"Elected representatives of all hues show courage to represent New Zealanders and we are lucky to have unparalleled access to them". "This is not the Wellington I know", opposition National Party politician Nicola Willis said after her party's leadership also condemned the attack. "We're thinking of you & look forward to seeing you back at parliament soon". That is reserved for the Prime Minister and ministers who may have received threats.

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