Groundswell comes to Gore

Driving home their message... Cars, utes, tractors and trucks rumble through the streets of Gore.

Hundreds of vehicles driving through Gore could have been mistaken for a traffic jam during Groundswell’s “Mother of all Protests” on Sunday.

The nationwide protest was a follow-on to the movement’s “Howl of a Protest” in July.

Groundswell leaders Bryce McKenzie and Laurie Paterson said they were standing up against “unworkable regulations” imposed on farmers.

“We’re just trying to get the Government to understand that we’re not happy with it and we need to be included in the decision making,” said Mr McKenzie.

The high level of support from the community was good to see, he said.

“Certainly in Gore it’s been a great success,” he said.

Mr Paterson said at least 300 people had pre-registered for the Gore protest, but there were far more present on the day.

“If there wasn’t a thousand people driving around I’d have been surprised.”

The protest, which started at 1pm, followed a circuit from Broughton St at the south end of town, along Main St and up Hokonui Dr as far as the Croydon Hotel.

Vehicles ranged from utes and cars to tractors and trucks. Some displayed signs with various messages in opposition to government policies which included Three Waters reforms and methane regulations.

Locals lined the streets to observe or support the protest.

Police were present and the protest was peaceful.

It continued until about 2.30pm, when many of the protesters then mingled at local cafes, bars and restaurants.