Men arrested over Auckland office takeover

Police say they've arrested a 66-year-old and a 50-year-old over the incident
Police say they've arrested a 66-year-old and a 50-year-old over the incident

Two men have been arrested after storming an Auckland office on Monday and forcing staff to leave over a land claim.

Video of the incident was uploaded to YouTube by the man who says he was behind the ordeal – self-proclaimed "surrogate king" John Wanoa.

In the footage, a group of activists hired by Mr Wanoa can be seen entering the Tournament Parking Office at City Works Depot on Cook St, before telling staff to leave.

Staff become visibly distressed throughout the ordeal, and at one point the activists grab the arms and legs of a man and try to drag him from his desk.

Police say they've arrested a 66-year-old and a 50-year-old over the incident, charging them with trespass, forcible entry and assault.

"No one has a right to enter a building, remove people and illegally lay claim to an area," says acting Detective Senior Sergeant Marcia Murray. "Such activity is a criminal offence and will result in those who participate in activities of this type being held accountable through the courts."

Both men will appear in Auckland District Court tomorrow.

Police are still looking for the other men involved in the office takeover, and are continuing their investigation in both Auckland and other parts of the country.

They say further arrests are likely.

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