Prime Minister John Key was confronted by a small but noisy group of protesters as he arrived at a Wanganui eatery for lunch today.
About 12 people, protesting against the partial sale of state-owned assets, chanted loudly as Mr Key arrived at Element Cafe accompanied by Whanganui MP Chester Borrows.
Protestor John Milnes said Mr Key had smiled and waved at the group but did not say anything as he went into into the cafe.
"Chester didn't look very happy, though," Mr Milnes said.
There was a heavy police presence in the area during the protest, and many people in shops and cafes were drawn out onto Victoria Ave by the noise of the protest.