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Thousands join anti-asset sale hikoi in Auckland

Published: 2:58PM Saturday April 28, 2012 Source: ONE News

Thousands of protesters packed out central Auckland today in opposition to the sale of state assets.

Supporters say 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 vast majority of New Zealanders don't want these assets privatised and a small proportion of them have come out today," Greens co-leader Russell Norman, who spoke at the rally, said.

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.

It kicked off early this 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.