Auckland motorway on-ramps closed ahead of protest at domain

Aucklanders are being told to prepare for traffic disruption in the central city, as another protest gets under way.

Protesters at the Auckland Domain.
Photo: RNZ / Rayssa Almeida

Police are monitoring the Auckland Domain, where the Brian Tamaki-led Freedom and Rights Coalition is gathering for what it calls a ‘Kiwi Patriots Day and March’.

Dozens of counter-protesters are also in the area.

Two weeks ago, about 1000 coalition members swarmed onto Auckland’s southern motorway, causing significant problems for traffic.

Ahead of today’s protest, Waka Kotahi has closed both the Khyber Pass on/off-ramps – used by the protesters last time – and the Symonds St on/off-ramps.

A police spokesperson has confirmed the motorway entrances have been closed in regards to the protest activity at Auckland Domain.

“We are working with Waka Kotahi on this, who have closed the on and off-ramps to minimise disruption.”

Inspector Jim Wilson said police would take action if there was any unsafe or dangerous behaviour.

“Police ask the community to be patient on the roads as we expect there might be some traffic delays and disruptions, particularly near the domain, and the surrounding areas.”

The public is asked to report any concerning behaviour to police by calling 105.

“Police recognise the public’s right to protest peacefully and lawfully but we will take action where required.”

The Freedom and Rights Coalition protest at Auckland Domain on 6 August 2022.

The Freedom and Rights Coalition protest at Auckland Domain on 6 August 2022.
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