So it occured to me after looking at a trip up to Auckland for a brief instant after joking with a friend about staying at their place, that alternatively you could just set up a tent in Aotea Square. Right with the protestors. Now, sure, you may not get a shower, but I thought I'd ask what potential downsides there would be, as it's a pretty awesome travel hack if you're really looking to save money - bunch of friendly people around you, just make yourself a sign with cardboard, or chant 'we are the 99%' as you set up camp, and you're sorted! :D
So, in that vein, any problems you can foresee with this, aside from the alleged police brutality seen in some recent protest conflicts in the US?
Update - the one in Auckland HAS actually seen backpackers using it as a free place to camp in Auckland - can't help but wonder if they saw this ;)