28 May 2011

Budget protest march held

5:17 pm on 28 May 2011

About 100 people have turned out to a rally in central Auckland against changes announced by the Government in the Budget.

A new group called the coalition for Social Justice, organised the march. It includes members of some community groups, churches and unions.

The protesters walked up Queen Street waving banners and chanting.

Among those at the march were Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, activist Sue Bradford and representatives from teacher unions and anti-poverty groups.

Social Justice spokesperson, Meredydd Barrar, says they are protesting against cuts and changes to KiwiSaver, Working for Families, student loans and proposed asset sales.

He says changes to the budget are going to adversely affect low to average income kiwis.

Mr Barrar says rumours the group plans to disrupt Rugby World Cup games are unfounded.