PHOTOS: Protesters and police face off at Sky City

Violence has erupted in a noisy demonstration outside SkyCity in Auckland, just as the Prime Minister arrives for his seventh post-budget speech.

Gia Garrick reports it's a stand-off, with protestors and police shoulder to shoulder and demonstrators shouting right into their faces.

"Protestors have run at police who are lining the entrances to SkyCity. They're still chanting in to megaphones, but running at the police. It's become quite rowdy down here."

(Photos: Alex Braae)