Protest disrupts asset sale meeting

ANDREA FOX
Last updated 15:41 18/07/2012

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A visiting sharemarket analyst to the Waikato got a Maori welcome he wasn't expecting this afternoon when opponents of the proposed partial sale of Mighty River Power hijacked his presentation to investors.

Forsyth Barr's Wellington-based head of research, Rob Mercer, was telling around 100 share market investors the few details that are available about the proposal when the trio took the floor at Hamilton's SkyCity casino.

Calling themselves representatives of The Mighty River Power People, the group scattered mock bloodstained US dollar bills, branded the Government "shameful" and demanded recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi.

While shaken Forsyth Barr representatives summoned SkyCity security, the audience - many retired - reacted angrily to the intrusion, demanding that the trio leave.

The three left, shouting "shame on you".

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