Women's March: Protesters flood Auckland's Queen St for women's rights

As many as 2000 people have taken to the streets in Auckland as marches for women's rights begin across New Zealand on Saturday. 

They're starting as Donald Trump is inaugurated as President in the United States, but the organiser of the Auckland Women's March says it's not just an anti-Trump movement.

Ashley Elinoff says it's a chance for peaceful protest.

"This is not about one political leader or one specific policy - it's really an opportunity for citizens all across the world to unite symbolically."

One protester Kirsty Cameron, marching with her teenage daughter, says it's a good chance to encourage younger people. 

"I think it's fantastic that young women - Nico's 14 - that she is concerned enough, they're worried and this is our way of showing support for them," she says.

Green MP Catherine Delahunty is attending the march, and told Newshub the march was important for New Zealand.

"This march is about women's rights, and human rights. Everybody living in a fair society. Not normalising hate speech. Not accepting the attitude that Donald Trump and other politicians have taken towards societies where people are marginalised," she says.

"So we are here to support a better country here and a better country all over the world for women and for everybody else."

Women's rights protesters  Queen St
Women's rights protesters flood Queen St (Newshub.)
Women's March in Auckland
The march ended with a rally in Myers Park (Ella Prendergast / Newshub.)

Being a day ahead of the US, Kiwis are leading the world in the movement. The US march on Washington, DC is expected to attract 1 million people - more than attended Mr Trump's inauguration on Saturday.

Seperate protests have also taking place on Saturday. A Love Trumps Hate event was held in Wellington, and Aotearoa Against Trump held a "peaceful protest" in Auckland.

Green MP Julie Anne Genter, investigative journalist Nicky Hager and climate change activist Aaron Packard spoke at the Love Trumps Hate event outside Parliament in Wellington.

One protester carried a picture of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars with the caption "A woman's place is in the resistance".

Another put a spin on the president's campaign slogan calling on people to "Make America Kind Again".

Their cries of support for the speakers were carried through the city on Saturday morning.

"Today isn't just about Trump, it's about saying we reject the politics of hate and division wherever it rears its ugly head, and instead, we're working for a politics of inclusion, of respecting difference, and of co-operation," Ms Genter said.

Green co-leader Metiria Turei attended another event in Dunedin.

Other speakers came from the trans community, the union movement, the Mexican community, the Palestine solidarity movement, the feminist movement and the climate justice movement.

"A key message of Aotearoa Against Trump is that Trump's victory is an attack on many marginalised communities," Auckland organiser Sam Vincent said.

"We will make it clear that Aotearoa stands for justice and does not support a Trump presidency."

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