Prime Minister booed, cheered during Auckland Nines visit

Prime Minister John Key and Australian rugby league coach Mal Meninga (Patrick Gower / Newshub)
Prime Minister John Key and Australian rugby league coach Mal Meninga (Patrick Gower / Newshub)

Prime Minister John Key has been booed as well as cheered as he made an appearance at the NRL Auckland Nines event today.

The Prime Minister had been due to visit Te Tii Marae as part of Waitangi Day commemorations, but he cancelled his trip after being told he couldn't speak about political issues.

He has spent today watching games and meeting big names in rugby league at Auckland's Eden Park.

Prime Minister booed, cheered during Auckland Nines visit

North Queensland Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston raised the issue of the Trans-Pacific Partnership when he met the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister booed, cheered during Auckland Nines visit

In Waitangi, hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the wharenui at Waitangi's upper marae, waving flags and singing. They're protesting the Trans Pacific Partnership, the flag change referendum, mining and the seabed and foreshore laws.

Many others at Waitangi today have been enjoying cultural performances, carnival rides and food stalls.

Newshub.

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