Climate change activists dressed up in blood-red robes and ghostly face paint today to get the attention of Tasman decision-makers.
The local Extinction Rebellion group is calling on Tasman District Council to follow neighbouring Nelson City Council in declaring a Climate Emergency.
This afternoon the protestors walked into the Richmond Council Chambers unannounced and stood silently in front of councillors.
Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne paused the meeting to speak with organiser Katrin Millener and gave her an opportunity to address the room and explain their actions.
Mrs Millener says they wanted to depict a scene of "beautiful, bloody, nightmarish bodies" similar to performances in London.