Story: Parades and protest marches

Cockies come to town

Cockies come to town

Street marches have traditionally been the preserve of the political left, but not always. In 1986 thousands of farmers came to Wellington to protest high interest rates and the removal of farm subsidies. This had caused great hardship, and forced some farmers off the land. The protest began with a rally in Mercer Street, before marching to Parliament.

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Ben Schrader, 'Parades and protest marches - Protest marches, 1980s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010