A man was arrested for spraying silly string outside
Wellington's Te Papa museum during a National Party dinner
The incident happened about 8pm as about 70 protesters
gathered outside the building, Senior Sergeant Wade Jennings
of Wellington police said.
An email to the NZ Herald said the silly string had
been directed at Conservation Minister Nick Smith.
But Mr Jennings said no MPs were affected as they were inside
having cocktails and dinner following the first day of the
party's two-day conference.
The 44-year-old from Wellington was arrested and charged with
disorderly behaviour after spraying the silly string into the
air, Mr Jennings said.
"It landed on various people who were there."
He was later given a pre-charge warning and let go.
There were no other problems from the protesters during the
evening, he said.
Meanwhile, protesters will be marching from the Kumeu Arts
Centre to Prime Minister John Key's electorate office today
with an open letter regarding Maui's dolphins.
According to environmental groups and the Department of
Conservation, there are only about 55 of the dolphins left in
The National Party has come under fire since opened up 3000
kilometres of a marine mammal sanctuary, thought to be home
to the dolphins, for oil and gas exploration.
- By Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ