As thousands of protesters converged on Parliament to rally against the Government's planned asset-sales, Prime Minister John Key was in Auckland seemingly unaware the protest was taking place.
The hikoi, called 'Aotearoa is Not For Sale', has travelled down the country with protesters reaching Wellington yesterday. They gathered at the electorate office of United Future leader Peter Dunne in the suburb of Johnsonville.
Today's march kicked off from Wellington's Te Papa Museum shortly after midday with around 500 protesters, including members of the Mana Party and Greenpeace.
As the hikoi marched through Wellington CBD to Parliament, numbers swelled to around 5000 and some streets were blocked off to allow the protest passage.
Parliament was not sitting today and the Prime Minister was in Auckland, apparently unaware of what was happening in Wellington.
"How many people did they have? John Key asked reporters. "Where was it? Nope wasn't aware of it."
Key says the National Party has a clear mandate to proceed with privatising some state assets.
"Well over a million New Zealanders voted for National in the full knowledge we were going to undertake the mixed ownership model," he said.
"So look, a few thousand people walking down the streets of Wellington isn't going to change my mind."
Green Party co-leader Russell Norman spoke at the gathering and was joined by other opposition MPs, including Mana Party leader Hone Harawira and Labour deputy leader Grant Robertson.
The only tense moment came when police escorted a Government supporter away after arguing with protesters.
Hikoi leader Mike Smith said the Government plan to partially sell some state-assets was a very contentious issue among the people of New Zealand.
"I think it's going to become increasingly more toxic for the National Government to be pursuing this," Smith said.
"If they go against the wish of the people they will be severely punished at the next election."
Last Saturday thousands of hikoi protesters packed out central Auckland.
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 hikoi kicked off two weeks ago in Cape Reinga and was
prompted by the Overseas Investment Office approval of the sale of
the Crafar farms to Chinese buyers Shanghai Pengxin.
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