Auckland Police expect a number of people will face prosecution for entering the motorway network during protest activities today.
About 1000 people marched from Pukeawa/Auckland Domain to Newmarket.
This included a section of the highway between Khyber Pass and Gillies Avenue, and vice versa.
“As the protesters marched on the highway, our priority was to actively control their movements to keep everyone safe,” said Auckland Central Area Commander Graeme Anderson.
“Now that the protest is over, we will be reviewing the actions of those involved with a view to prosecution for being on the highway.”
In addition to the freeway pedestrian violation, police noted poor driving decisions by motorists, including motorcyclists without helmets, children riding in the back of a ute and at least one pedestrian who put themselves in danger by entering a live traffic lane. .
“While organizers issued a press release the night before, they declined to engage with Auckland Police ahead of the protest to provide details of their planned itinerary and did not release this information until the start. of the protest,” Inspector Anderson said.
“This was hugely disappointing as it meant our staff and Waka Kotahi had to act quickly to ensure the safety of all road users in the area.
“It was reckless behavior on the part of the organizers and attendees. I don’t know why they would think it was a safe act to undertake, and it had the added consequence of upsetting community members who were just trying to spend their day.”
Around 200 protesters gathered in Christchurch and a similar number in Wellington.
There have been no arrests in Christchurch and one person will be summoned to Wellington in a driving-related matter.
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