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Around 300 of us turned up to protest rate rises, ballooning debt and a mayor who has made a mockery of the trust of Aucklanders. We marched up Queen St from QEII Square to the Town Hall chanting ‘Len Brown Stand Down" and “If it’s Brown, flush it down.”
Waiheke resident Will Ryan, one of the protest organisers along with Stephen Berry, spoke eloquently of the trouble the city is facing if it continues down a path where interest on borrowing now chomps up a massive 20% of rates.
I stood up to a Mongrel Mob groupie who was determined to interrupt the speeches outside the Town Hall and got spat at for my pains. No problem, the police moved her on soon after.
I haven’t been on a protest march since an anti-apartheid rally during my student days. It’s not the sort of thing I ever expected to do again but I found myself getting into the swing of it easily.
If corrupt local politicians think they can get away with riding roughshod over the populace they can expect to hear more from me.