Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived at the Te Aratai College opening ceremony today with a crowd of protesters in attendance.
Te Aratai College (previously known as Linwood College) was reopened following a major rebuild after the Christchurch Earthquakes.
Ardern was scheduled to speak at 10am. The crowd, which had been gathering since 8 o’clock this morning, congregated at main entrance.
While the protest caused the PM’s entourage some inconvenience, forcing her to use a back entrance, there was no contact between the groups, and footage from social media filmed by a member of the public showed a large police presence, but no sign of Ardern.
Speaking to media after the event Ardern said the protest had ‘no effect’ on the event.