Protesters egged Prime Minister John Key's ministerial BMW as
it collected him from a state housing development in Napier
Mr Key was unhurt in the incident but one man was later
arrested for obstruction.
The incident happened about midday in Maraenui as Mr Key
concluded a visit to a new state housing development.
Earlier, about 10 protesters, some clutching Mana Party
banners, greeted the prime minister and challenged him about
child poverty and enabling synthetic cannabis to be sold.
They shouted: "One, two, three, four, stop the war on the
poor," and "Maraenui under attack, stand up, fight back".
As Mr Key went to leave the development a group of children
converged around the prime minister and resumed the chanting.
His ministerial BMW then appeared, which was egged as it
whisked him away.
As police tried to move the group, one man was arrested for
Earlier, Mr Key answered media questions about Shane Jones
announcing he was quitting the Labour Party to take up a
position created by the National-led Government.
Mr Key said he wasn't personally involved in the discussions
and could not recall when he found out Mr Jones had been
offered the role.
He added that Mr Jones had seen an opportunity, and had been
an "effective" Labour MP.
He also said Mr Jones was perfect for the job.
- By Patrick O'Sullivan of Hawke's Bay Today