at controversial Māori ward meeting
A large group of vocal protesters disrupted a meeting opposing the introduction of Māori wards in Tauranga today.
The controversial meeting was initially organised in a bid to gather more signatures for a petition against Māori wards.
However, the petition had already gathered enough valid signatures to prompt the poll before the meeting started.
Hundreds of people turned out to the meeting at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, some holding signs saying "No to the petition" and "Say yes to Māori wards".