Police looking into Memorial Park gathering
Prosecution action may be taken against individuals who attended a large gathering at Memorial Park, says police.
Thousands of people gathered at the Tauranga park on Saturday to make a stand about freedoms in New Zealand.
Promoted as a peaceful protest/Freedoms Picnic via social media by The Freedoms & Rights Coalition of New Zealand, the gathering which began at 11am was planned to be ‘a peaceful stand for all those concerned with the state of our nation’.
Police say they were called to the gathering over the weekend.
“While largely peaceful, many of those gathered today failed to wear a face covering or maintain social distancing which is in breach of the Covid-19 alert level two restrictions,” says a police spokesperson.
“At this stage there have been no arrests or infringements issued, but police will continue to assess and investigate the information gathered.
“Prosecution action may be taken against individuals in the coming days.”