Paula Bennett says her confrontation with protesters in Whanganui last week was "unnerving".

Ms Bennett, the Social Housing Minister, was guest speaker at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Quality Inn Collegiate which was targeted by opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and a beneficiary protester.

Yesterday she said it was an "unnerving" experience because the protesters had been acting aggressively.

"They had sex toys with my name on them and that sort of thing. So the whole thing was a bit unsavoury."


Ms Bennett was leaving the meeting last Tuesday in Chester Borrows' car when the Whanganui MP appeared to run over the foot of protester Tracy Treadwell.

Yesterday Mr Borrows said police had not spoken to him about the incident.

"I'm happy with the way that I responded to what was in front of me at the time," he said. "I'm glad that the lady's not hurt. Everyone's got a right to demonstrate - I've done that myself in the past."