Anti-asset sales rally planned

SARAH BURTON
Last updated 10:38 25/01/2013

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A rally to unite opposition to the Government's plan to sell state- owned assets is to be held at Frank Kitts Park on February 13.

Organiser Richard McIntosh said the aim was to broaden and deepen the opposition by bringing together people from different groups.

He said the lineup of 10 speakers reflected that diversity.

Speakers will include a representative from the Anglican church, the president of the New Zealand Maori Council, Maanu Paul, economist Ganesh Nana, Grey Power national president Roy Reid and Greenpeace policy adviser Nathan Argent.

The rally has been organised to coincide with Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior III being docked beside Frank Kitts Park.

Mr McIntosh said the rally and the Rainbow Warrior were symbols of New Zealand national pride and independence.

The organisers have stressed that the event is a rally rather than a protest.

Mr McIntosh said the aim was to stay away from political attachments and no politicians were in the speaker lineup.

"Many conservative New Zealanders and National Party supporters, as well as Green and Labour Party supporters, are against selling off state-owned assets," he said.

The event begins at 6pm.

"People will be able to attend after work," Mr McIntosh said.

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