23 Sep 2010

Greenpeace protest at Fonterra building

10:01 pm on 23 September 2010

Police say charges are likely to be laid over a Greenpeace protest that caused hundreds of workers to evacuate the Fonterra building in Auckland.

Police say during the protest an unidentified box was left chained to a handrail in a building elevator on Thursday.

Some 850 people had to be evacuated, with police specialist services called in to investigate the box, which was later found to be non-threatening.

Police say the behaviour of the protesters was irresponsible and unnecessarily consumed a lot of emergency services. Charges are likely to be laid.

Fonterra on Thursday announced its second-highest ever payout for milk, as well as record exports and a bigger profit.