Protest venue double booked
One of Auckland's old water-saving mottoes was trotted out on Queen Street today as 300 late-middle-aged people marched demanding Mayor Len Brown stand down.
"If it's brown, flush it down," the group chanted, to the amusement of much younger by-standers, tourists and a large gathering of Korean Navy sailors.
The group, accompanied by a handful of police and a family dog, showed few signs of disorder as they also used the opportunity to object to rate increases, aircraft noise, the urban plan and city debt.
After marching up Queen Street at a healthy clip, they reached Aotea Square to find it was already booked out. An assorted group of Christians were singing hymns as part of "National Prayer Day''.
They complained to an Auckland City security guard about the megaphone noise, but he shrugged his shoulders.
One of the anti-Brown band complained the Christians had booked before them - so they insisted on gathering around the statue of the famously philandering longest serving mayor, the late Dove-Myer Robinson.
Several of the square's usual residents objected to the noise and one was taken away by police.
Thirteen cans of liquor were removed from her bag and emptied on the grass beside the Christian group.
As the Brown speakers complained about property prices and interest rates, four men, identifying themselves as gay, held up a quickly drawn up placard: "Len Brown don't frown, don't stand down."