Hundreds of people marched on Auckland's Queen St today
calling for mayor Len Brown to resign.
The embattled mayor did not turn up to the protest, despite
an invitation for him to speak to the crowd, but his face was
plastered on banners and signs as the 300-strong march made
its way up the main city centre shopping strip.
Chants of "Len Brown stand down" and "If it's Brown flush it
down" echoed out, drawing attention from shoppers and
bystanders who stopped to watch the protest go by.
People of all ages came out to show their anger at Mr Brown,
pointing not just at his affair with council advisor Bevan
Chuang, but his economic policies, hotel upgrades and plans
for the city.
However, the protesters were met with a few protesters
themselves, as a number of people disrupted the proceedings
to voice their support of Mr Brown.
One woman, who interrupted the speeches at Aotea Sq, almost
caused a brawl, as a row erupted between her and another
woman in the crowd.
Her repeated disruptions prompted police to escort her away
from the protest.
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ