A group opposed to the Christchurch City Council selling off its construction and maintenance business, City Care, has held a silent protest at the council's first full meeting of the year.
The council is in the process of selling the $136 million company in order to meet a budget shortfall brought about by the cost of the city's rebuild.
About 13 protesters stood in the public gallery and held up large banners during the meeting.
They do not believe asset sales are justified, especially given the council has now settled its outstanding insurance claim for quake-damaged buildings.
The council wants to sell a total of $750 million of assets but so far has only put City Care on the market.