Auckland Mayor Len Brown had a lamington thrown at him by a protester when he was at Auckland University today for one of his regular Mayor in the Chair sessions.

Mr Brown was coming to the end of the public session at the university quadrant when a young man with dreadlocks came forward and threw a pink lamington at him, smattering pieces of the sponge cake on his shirt.

The man, thought to be in his 20s, ran off.

The mayor's chief press secretary, Glyn Jones, who witnessed the event, said students recognised the man as one of the protesters from the Occupy Auckland movement in Aotea Square.


Students later apologised to the mayor for the attack.

Mr Jones said Mr Brown was not unnerved and walked back to the Auckland Town Hall. The mayor has not referred the matter to the police.

Mr Brown spoke with three striking Ports of Auckland workers during the hour-long session at the university.