Protests across NZ against welfare cuts
A national day of action against welfare reform saw protests outside WINZ offices across the country.
"We believe the National Party has utilised beneficiaries as the scapegoats of NZ which is unfair considering the tax cuts that they gave to the rich" says The Peoples Collective NZ.
150 people marched through Dunedin. They called for Prime Minister John Key to resign and Social Development and Employment Minister Paula Bennett to "go to hell". Dozens of people protested outside WINZ in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland. Despite the unseasonable rain there was still a good cross-section of the public in attendance in Auckland and it was great to see some fresh faces – both first-time protesters and first-time citizen journalists, gathered to witness the dissent against the impending cuts. Smaller protests also took place in Rotorua, Hamilton, Tauranga, Nelson, Kaikohe and Hawkes Bay.