17 Oct 2011

Council to meet with Occupy Auckland protesters

4:31 pm on 17 October 2011

Auckland Council is investigating if protesters from the Occupy Auckland group camped in central Auckland's Aotea Square just days before the Rugby World Cup final can stay there.

About 100 people moved into the square and erected tents and a make-shift kitchen on Saturday.

The group is supporting the movement behind the worldwide protests against corporate greed and budget cuts during the recession.

Auckland Council chief executive Doug McKay says so far the group has not affected any Rugby World Cup celebrations but the council will meet with them this week to find out more about their action.

Mr McKay says the council needs to find out what regulations are in place for Aotea Square and if the protesters are breaking them, but at the moment there is no plan to move them.