The head of the National Front thinks new hate speech laws could result in his group being banned.

Front members clashed with anti-racism protestors who were holding a simultaneous rally yesterday on the grounds of Parliament.

Three arrests were made, including two for possession of a knife.

National Front leader Kyle Chapman said police failed to provide adequate protection for his group.

He said if this is a sign of things to come, he would not be surprised if new legislation results in an attempt to shut the group down.

However Mr Chapman said this would not stop them.

He said his members would have done a better job of protecting themselves than the police did.

Three people are due in court on Friday on charges arising out of yesterday's scuffles.

Two are accused of possessing knives and disorderly behaviour, the other faces a trespass charge after a protestor refused to leave Wellington Central police station.

- Newstalk ZB