Protesters blocked roads in central Auckland this afternoon for the second time in two weeks and marched past the main entrance to the city’s hospital.
The Auckland highway ramp used by protesters two weeks ago was closed today ahead of another rally at the Auckland Domain.
Aucklanders were warned to prepare for traffic disruption in the central city.
The Brian Tamaki-led Freedom and Rights Coalition gathered on the grounds for a “Kiwi Patriots Day and March” before a crowd of about 1,000 took to the streets at about 1:30 p.m.
After passing Auckland City Hospital and Grafton Bridge, the protesters turned left onto Symonds St, before walking down Khyber Pass Road along the closed driveway and back to the grounds, where the crowd dispersed.
There were also counter-protesters in the area today.
Two weeks ago, about 1,000 coalition members swarmed onto Auckland’s southern highway, causing significant traffic problems.
Prior to today’s protest, Waka Kotahi closed both the Khyber Pass slip roads – which were used by the protesters last time – and the Symonds St.
SH1 will remain CLOSED at Symonds St slips and Khyber Pass slips. Continue to use alternative routes. ^FP https://t.co/owQo9Lrt5S pic.twitter.com/EUH3qqYic8
— Waka Kotahi NZTA Auckland & Northland (@WakaKotahiAkNth) August 6, 2022
A police spokesman has confirmed that the highway ramps were closed in connection with the protest activities at Auckland Domain.
“We are working together with Waka Kotahi for this, who has closed the on and off ramps to keep disruption to a minimum.”
Inspector Jim Wilson previously said police would take action if unsafe or dangerous behavior occurred.
“Police are asking the community to be patient on the roads as we expect there could be some traffic delays and disruptions, especially near the preserve and surrounding areas.”
The public is asked to report any behavior to the police by calling 105.
“Police recognize the public’s right to protest peacefully and lawfully, but we will take action where necessary.”