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Anti-asset sale hikoi in Rotorua

Published: 11:19AM Monday April 30, 2012 Source: ONE News

A hikoi opposing the Government's planned partial sale of New Zealand's resources is marching through Rotorua this morning.

The hikoi, called 'Aotearoa is Not For Sale', is travelling down the country expressing its disapproval of the privatisation of New Zealand's assets, land, natural resources and public services.

Thousands of protesters packed out central Auckland on Saturday.

Supporters said the crowd represented just a small cross section of Kiwis who are against the Government's plan to sell off 49% of its stakes in four power companies and Air New Zealand.

The group plans to hold a rally at Rotorua MP Todd McClay's office and will be marching there from the lake front.

McClay says there is nothing new about groups protesting outside his office.

"It's not the first time there's been a demonstration outside my office. We've, as a Government, put in place an economic agenda, there are a number of parts to it and it's important that these people feel they can have their say."

McClay will not be in town when the hikoi arrives.

The hikoi kicked off last week in Cape Reinga and was prompted by the Government's approval of the sale of the Crafar farms to Chinese buyers Shanghai Pengxin.

The group will now travel south to converge with other streams in Palmerston North next week, before arriving in Wellington next Friday for a demonstration at Parliament.

- With Newstalk ZB