March for Science hits New Zealand

New Zealand scientists and supporters have taken part in the Global March for Science on Saturday.

Marches were also held in Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown.

It aimed to show the importance of evidence-based science to society and political decision-making.

Marchers also protested against US President Donald Trump's cuts to science funding and his denial of climate change.

"Kiwis care about the quality of the decisions made here, and science plays a central part in that," PSA national secretary Glenn Barclay told the Wellington march.

More marches are planned around the world, including in the US.

The US event was created following the major protest - the Women's March - which took place the day after Mr Trump's inauguration which railed against his mistreatment and disrespect for women.