A man has been charged with arson after putting Parliament in lockdown during the Budget lock up.
The man, believed to be in his 60s, allegedly drove a ute with a protest sign aimed at John Key to the front of Parliament during the Budget lockup on Thursday.
The vehicle was smoking and the bonnet was up. Several canisters filled with liquid were also seen near the truck.
Police say the man will appear in the Wellington District Court today.
The incident sparked a major police and fire service response and held up Finance Minister Bill English who was due to speak to media around midday about his eighth Budget.
It put Parliament into lock down, with entrances around the Parliament precinct secured. The police cordon also created traffic jams in the area.
Parliament staff were also prevented from going to the Beehive.
Media inside the Budget lockup in the Beehive were told Mr English was held up because of security concerns.