4 May 2012

Asset sales protesters rally at MPs office

5:56 am on 4 May 2012

A hikoi protesting against the partial sale of state-owned assets has demonstrated outside the Wellington office of Ohariu MP Peter Dunne.

Asset sale protesters in Johnsonville.

Asset sale protesters in Johnsonville. Photo: RNZ

More than 100 protesters blocked the main street of the suburb of Johnsonville as they marched chanting slogans in opposition to the planned sales.

They called on Mr Dunne to drop his support for the Government's plan to partially sell state-owned assets.

Under the programme, the Government plans to sell up to 49% of state-owned energy companies Genesis Energy, Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power and Solid Energy and reduce the Crown's shareholding in Air New Zealand.

One protestor, Michael Gilcrest, said 61 MPs are in favour of asset sales and 60 against so if Mr Dunne drops his support the bill could not pass.

The hikoi began last month in Cape Reinga.