In case you didn’t see my letter published in the Dominion Post this morning:
It is absolutely unconscionable that Councillors are seeking to fast-track the whole of the District Plan, thus erasing democratic rights including appeal to the Environmental Court. This will include the Council’s illegitimate Significant Natural Areas (SNAs) initiative, by which the Council is claiming rights over private land on the grounds that regenerating bush, scrub, garden shrubbery, toxic weeds and lawn constitute ‘indigenous biodiversity of national importance’.
Councillors and council officers know full well that expropriating private land in the absence of exceptional circumstances is and always has been unlawful, as evidenced by:
Legislative Guidelines (adopted by Cabinet 2021) recognise ‘respect for property’ as a fundamental constitutional principle: ‘New legislation should respect property rights. People are entitled to the peaceful enjoyment of their property.’
The Resource Management Act underlines the importance of property rights and makes it very clear that while all measures should be taken to protect the natural environment, and especially indigenous flora of significance, the welfare of people and communities comes first.
The Biodiversity Strategy 2000, in force when the SNAs were rolled out in 2019, emphasises, ‘Securing the willing and active participation of landowners is therefore pivotal to sustaining indigenous biodiversity on private land’.
As well as ignoring basic principles of property rights and the loss of value to land owners, the Council knows that the policy is counter-effective, as it punishes rather than rewards residents who care about native plants. The Council is weaponising biodiversity, not encouraging it.
SNAs will also have the effect of reducing land for housing.
The aims of the project can only be to normalise expropriation of private land without justification, and to further the Council’s anti-people vision of Wellington as a city of apartments with humanity cut off from nature, with no gardens, none of the exotic flowers and trees loved by our birds and bugs: just concrete and kawakawa; Gondwanaland with tower blocks.
It won’t, of course, be Gondwanaland – Wellington’s fastest growing natives will not replace the biodiversity of either pre-human times or our mix of bush and exotics.
The Council has done its best to keep the SNA policy quiet, with little or no attempt to inform the public as a whole. However it received a large number of submissions to the Draft District Plan, either demanding that the whole project be canned, or asking that private property be exempt. This latest response shows that the Council is doubling down, quite oblivious to questions of democracy, traditional values, and human welfare. Certainly there is no intention of allowing Wellingtonians the ‘peaceful enjoyment of their property’.
The Council is clearly out of control, bulldozing through a policy patently unlawful and anathema to almost all who know about it, while showing throughout the project a total contempt for democracy.
In July last year, Wellington Mayor Andy Foster addressed a meeting on the city’s Significant Natural Areas policy. Foster had one reply to every question and comment:
The policy is unlawful – ‘ah, but biodiversity’
The policy is an attack on property rights, an essential New Zealand value – ‘ah, but biodiversity’
Home owners are being punished for nurturing bush – ‘ah, but biodiversity’
Turning native bush into a liability will have a negative outcome – ‘ah, but biodiversity’
In fact, Council policy is nothing to do with nurturing biodiversity.
‘Significant Natural Areas’
Every morning the tuis wake up in Zealandia, yawn, stretch and say to each other, ‘Whose garden are we going to plunder today?’ And off they go, to find a flowering cherry, laburnum or banksia to gorge themselves on. ‘We’ll show those tuis’, thinks Wellington City Council. So Council has decided to get rid of home gardens and replace them with concrete and New Zealand’s six most common natives.
To this end it has set in train a policy of giving reserve status to private property, mostly suburban back gardens presently covered in bush regrowth, garden shrubbery, tradescantia, pine, lawn or even outbuildings. Such land is the seed for the Council’s vision to return Wellington to native bush, while forcing humanity into high density apartment living. So far almost 1700 properties are affected, but there will certainly be many, many more in the years to come.
Andy Foster may yearn to recreate Gondwanaland, but it will take hundreds of years for the bush regenerating on former farmland to regain the quality of virgin forest. The Council’s SNA policy means Wellington residents will be forbidden from doing anything to speed up the process. Want to dig out one of those kawakawa and put in something a little less common, like an orchid, rare fern, or totara? You’ll need a resource consent. Want to transplant a little taupata or pittosporum to somewhere more suitable? Again, a resource consent will be required. Want to create a new area of native bush in your back yard? Get started, then the Council will come in and take it off you.
Want to replace that field of tradescantia and mahoe (designated by council officers as significant indigenous biodiversity of national importance) with a flower garden, shed or new dwelling? Not a chance.
The fate of flower-loving bees or monarch butterflies, of low status because not indigenous, is not looking good. And nobody is asking our native birds what they think.
Let’s not be fooled by Wellington City Council’s talk about ‘protecting biodiversity’. Biodiversity is simply a weapon – they can’t understand (they can’t stand) people who love the natural environment. Hence the vision the council has of our future lifestyle: no home gardens, high rise apartments, and separation of people from nature.
The Council’s junk science climate change policy is another example of ideology over ideals. The evolutionary burst of life forms called the Cambrian Explosion occurred when atmospheric CO2 and temperatures were both (coincidentally) far higher than they are today. The briefest glance at geological history indicates that Planet Earth has been in a trough in terms of both CO2 and temperature.
WCC loves batteries – to show its commitment, it converted all its trolley buses to battery power. Never mind that:
The batteries are largely powered by coal (nope, electricity is not an energy source in itself, and nor is hydrogen). New Zealand burned more coal in three months last year than all of 2016 and 2017 put together – we’re talking about dirty coal from Indonesia.
There is nothing more sustainable than a home garden, growing vegetables and fruit trees, maybe keeping chickens, providing recreational opportunities for everyone from toddlers to pensioners, and easy to get in and out of in an earthquake. Not, of course, in the Council’s warped mindset. Far, far better to have residents totally dependent on the supermarket duopoly, vulnerable not just to price gouging but to shortages caused by world trade moods, wars, passing viruses etc. I can’t wait to be in a jerry-built tower block signed off by WCC when the big one hits, or when the government finds an asymptomatic case of influenza and puts the whole of my apartment building into lockdown.
Councillors are desperate to get rid of solid housing stock which has withstood earthquakes for a hundred or more years, in favour of homes designed to last 50 years. Given that the fittings of these new buildings will be rubbish (my experience of a rebuild suggests that the life of a new fitting is somewhere between a week and five years), a sizeable part of Wellington will have to be reserved for landfill.
High rise buildings and surrounding streets will be a disaster zone when there is a big earthquake. Just look at what happened to the central city after the last minor shake from Kaikoura.
Replacing homes with apartments and paving will have repercussions for infrastructure. Services managed by the Council such as roads, transport and 3-waters are already failing. Slips in Wellington’s hillier suburbs have increased in recent years because of infill, and the problem is set to blow out. Councillors aren’t worried – they can always blame the problem on ‘climate change’.
Nobody except Wellington’s councillors would try to suggest that their vision for the future is ‘resilient’ or ‘sustainable’, or serves either biodiversity or humanity.
The Wellington SNA Committee has been trying to create awareness about Wellington’s unlawful SNA initiative, despite the Council’s determination to keep the public in ignorance until it is a fait accompli – to this day very few Wellingtonians not directly affected are aware of this attack on property rights. You can sign the petition against WCC’s SNA policy here.
On 6 January 2021 thousands poured into Washington DC to protest (peacefully) to protest the conduct of the 2020 presidential election. However at some point an over-enthusiastic protester, or agent provocateur, led a few people into the Capitol building where they filed past the complacent security guards, took some selfies, and did little or no damage. This little prank enabled the corporate media to rebrand the whole protest as an attempted coup. (The same media treated far more kindly the BLM/Antifa riots of 2020 in which people were murdered, property vandalised and goods pillaged).
A similar thing is happening with the protest now taking place in Wellington. There is no evidence that the protest is intended to be anything but peaceful, with speeches, music and hanging out. The only aggression has come from the police, who on Thursday decided to resolve the matter by force, arresting 22 people, often with unnecessary violence (see also Appendix, below). The following day, Friday, the police backed off – TV One News reported: ‘it’s been a comparatively quiet day without the flurry of arrests that we saw yesterday’. A different story, however, is being peddled by the media and the politicians.
In an email sent yesterday to constituents, Ohariu MP Greg O’Connor, described the overwhelmingly peaceful protest in Wellington as ‘one of New Zealand’s worst cases of disorder and mass law breaking’. Protesters are compared with ‘the mob [who] invaded the Capital [sic] in order to overthrow a legitimately elected President’, and to armed insurgents in Somalia. The word ‘mob’ features six times in O’Connor’s email.
O’Connor also refers, rather oddly, to Timor-Leste. On 1st September 2020, the Timor-Leste Defence Forces commander threatened to arrest the leaders of a newly formed movement which had planned a peaceful march to call for the resignation of President Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo after he refused to swear in several members of the largest party in the 2018 elections. Is O’Connor suggesting that organisers of peaceful protest be arrested?
Earlier reports from media and politicians initially labelled protesters as anti-vaxers. There of course, protesters who are especially focused on the vaccine mandate. I spoke to a woman from the Philippines who hates Pfizer with a passion, because of children who died in the Philippines after being given the Pfizer dengue vaccine.
However many protestors are opposed to the establishment of what seems to be a permanent state of emergency and a permanent suspension of civil rights, with little or no justification, and not just the specific manifestations of vaccine and mask mandates. An alleged disease which has governments around the world padding out statistics by recording deaths ‘with the virus’ is NOT a pandemic. A disease repeatedly described by Bloomfield, Ardern and co. as ‘CAN be serious, especially if you’re old or sick’ (#savegrandma) is NOT a pandemic. In any case, as former ACT Party leader and Minister in the National-ACT Government from 2008 to 2011, Rodney Hide has said:
I don’t agree with you that my rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are extinguished by a government declaring a pandemic. To me those rights are absolute. (I support the protest 100%)
When the overseas press inconveniently revealed that the issues are broader than some knee-jerk anti-vax position, the message had to be changed. O’Connor dishonestly describes protesters as the ‘anti-vax, anti- mask, and the anti-everything mob’ – anti everything good, he means – thus camouflaging the more specific issue of government overreach.
‘Kia ora All,
‘I’m sitting in the debating chamber in Parliament on a Thursday afternoon, while my ex Police colleagues are out the front of Parliament dealing with one of New Zealand’s worst cases of disorder and mass law breaking for many years. I speak of course of the anti-vax, anti- mask, and the anti-everything mob who have taken over the area and streets around Parliament.
‘As I have watched my old mates putting up with abuse and assault while they step up on New Zealanders behalf, I feel an anger and concern within myself that these people are prepared to leverage the goodwill and decency of our democracy in an incredible act of selfishness and self-entitlement that has impacted on businesses, workers and everyday citizens here in Wellington.
‘Mob rule is where those who operate outside the agreed rules and mores of society overwhelm those who are tasked with upholding those rules, our authorities. Recent examples are Somalia, Timor-Leste and others where the ability of the state to keep its citizens safe and structured society operating for the good of the majority was overwhelmed by groups and individuals who, by force, put their own interests ahead of everyone else.
‘The leaders of such disorder use their ability to attract and organise the angry and disaffected to swell their ranks sufficiently to make policing them difficult, especially when those tasked with policing them rightly operate under and obey the rules that same society has imposed. The ability to demonstrate against and criticise government decisions and strategy is a healthy part of our democracy.
‘Destabilising that same democracy is not. We haven’t quite got to the stage the United States got to in January last year when a mob, not dissimilar to the one out the front of parliament, invaded the Capital in order to overthrow a legitimately elected President. However, but for good policing, it could have happened a couple of times here. We are actually a pretty caring society, which is why the response to the mob at parliament has been measured. The presence of children, and a determination to prevent injury or worse inevitably governs the response of the Police.
‘The abuse those on the front line endure without responding is a tribute to their professionalism, and shows why those who make up these mobs should never get the power they are demanding. If the gathering becomes the super-spreader event it is feared it will become, those same officers are incredibly vulnerable.
‘The lesson to be learned is we are only able to enjoy the democratic and economic freedoms we do because we accept that we must follow the agreed legal framework which enables society to function. Overwhelming or ignoring that framework puts it all at risk. Some media commentators who use their platforms to daily destabilise public confidence in those elected to operate and uphold that framework, combined with an ungoverned internet, contribute significantly as well. […] ‘
In other news:
‘My committee […] had Maritime New Zealand, Transpower, and Auckland City Rail Link in by Zoom to essentially explain how they have spent their money, as they are Taxpayer owned.
‘That is how democracy works, not through mob rule.
‘This is me- front line – before I was assaulted by WPC. You can see the gathering was peaceful, good-humoured.
‘The WPC initially had her elbow on my windpipe -I told her she was hurting me – she moved her elbow then to my sternum – and I again told her very clearly you are hurting me – she said get your hands off me – I was linking arms with the people either side of me and told her this- she increased the pressure and the pain was unbearable. I felt something “break” in my sternum. I started to collapse, I felt faint and my legs just went under me – the people either side of me were holding me up and then agony as more police dived in pulling up my arms and injuring me further ignoring my screams that they were hurting me- I was already at a 10 for pain (!)( – unbelieveable -I was left on concrete on my hands and knees not able to breathe properly and in agony for about an hour before they called for an ambulance – the ambulance said they were there within 25 mins of the call – and you can see from this footage I was attacked around 1:30 pm.
‘I got to hospital around 3pm. Photographs have been taken of my injuries and I will be pressing charges against the WPC concerned. I am still in HUGE pain not able to talk / breathe deeply without extreme pain and breaking down in tears at this violent assault by another woman, who, along with her colleague is supposed to UPHOLD THE PEACE. […]’
‘There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.’ (Nelson Mandela)
Masking children is not indicated and a huge threat to child well-being, while masking anyone against a virus is of doubtful efficacy. In a move of gobsmacking immorality, the New Zealand government has mandated masks for children from Year Four upwards while ‘the red traffic-light setting’ is in place. This means that children from as young as seven or eight will be forced to wear masks for hours on end in the classroom, and also on publicly funded school trips.
Nor are adults at risk from children: there has not been a single case of a child under 10 infecting an adult with COVID-19, according to a large medical review of paediatric evidence. Furthermore, a major post-lockdown study in Wuhan China involving almost 10 million people, found zero cases of asymptomatic transmission in adults or children.
‘Breathing problems – hypoxia (inadequate oxygen) and hypercapnia (elevated carbon dioxide levels in the blood): Normal open air has approximately 0.04% carbon dioxide by volume (400 parts per million) and the German Federal Environmental Office states that the limit for closed rooms is 0.2% (2,000 ppm), with anything higher being unacceptable. However, evidence shows that carbon dioxide levels inside children’s masks build up very quickly. After as little as three minutes, carbon dioxide in children’s masks have been measured to be in the region of 13,000 ppm, more than six times the maximum carbon dioxide exposure. Younger children tend to have the highest values. Significantly lowered levels of oxygen have also been found in the air under masks. These levels are associated with conditions including headaches, drowsiness, poor concentration, nausea and increased heart rate. [See also Margarite Griesz-Brisson, top European neurologist: ‘Oxygen deprivation damages every single organ’.]
Bacterial, viral and fungal infections such as bacterial pneumonia: Studies have found that germs (bacteria, fungi and viruses) accumulate on the outside and inside of the masks, in a warm and moist environment. Inhaling these germs can cause fungal, bacterial and viral infections.
Cognitive difficulties: Wearing of masks is associated with problems such as fatigue, exhaustion, lack of concentration, impaired communication and impaired field of vision (especially affecting the ground and obstacles on the ground) as well as headaches, disorientation, brain fog and confusion.
Psychological effects: Research refers to psychological deterioration as a result of wearing masks, including anxiety, distraction, stress, panic and depressive feelings. Feelings of deprivation of freedom and loss of autonomy, increased psychosomatic illnesses and suppressed anger have also been reported.
Dermatological effects: Unlike garments worn over closed skins, masks cover body areas involved in respiration (ie the nose and mouth). This leads to temperature and humidity rises which changes the natural skin conditions considerably, leading to rashes, acne, itchiness and other skin irritation.
Dental effects: Dentists have described a condition known as ‘mask mouth,’ associated with problems such as gum and mouth inflammation, bad breath and fungal infections. Reduced saliva flow and increased plaque and tooth decay are also linked to excessive and inappropriate mask wearing.
Micro- and nano-sized particles – inhalation risks: Most people are aware of the damage done to many workers’ lungs, including cancers and other lung diseases, as a result of routine work carried out using asbestos-containing materials during the 1960, 70s and 80s around the world. Similarly, heavy and prolonged exposure to silica dust as a result of work with stone and sand can cause lung cancer and other respiratory diseases as a result of inhaling tiny particles. Research has shown that face masks readily release micro- and nano-sized particles and the risk is these may be inhaled by children who are mandated to wear these for many hours during the school day. In March 2021, news reports (1, 2) highlighted the recall of millions of masks in Canada after analysis found evidence of graphene nanoparticles being shed by the face coverings.
Individual needs of children: Masks have been universally mandated across schools, usually without individual risk assessments being conducted – in contravention of good occupational safety and health practice. As a result, little to no account has been taken of children’s varied predispositions, or even of their underlying health conditions such as asthma and epilepsy. Doctors have emphasised the importance of considering such health conditions. For example, neurologists from Israel, the UK and the USA have stated that a mask is unsuitable for people with epilepsy because it can trigger hyperventilation.
Long-term ill health: In the context of occupational safety and health, a single, brief and light exposure to a hazard may sometimes carry little risk. However, prolonged and heavy exposures can be highly risky. Some mask-induced adverse effects appear relatively minor at first glance, but repeated exposure over longer periods in accordance with pathogenetic principles is relevant. Researchers have warned that long-term diseases, such as heart disease and neurological diseases, as a consequence of mask wearing, are to be expected.
Hygiene issues: Masks, when used by the general public, are considered by scientists to pose a risk of infection because the standardized hygiene rules of hospitals cannot be followed outside of the that setting. This effect will no doubt be particularly pronounced in a large class of young children managed by a single teacher.
Given that masking children, not being at risk and not presenting a risk to others, is completely unwarranted, the efficacy of masks is a side issue. However there is abundant evidence that Masks Don’t Work. Extensive randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies, and meta-analysis reviews of RCT studies, show that masks and respirators do not work to prevent respiratory influenza-like illnesses, or respiratory illnesses believed to be transmitted by droplets and aerosol particles. Masks cannot work as the main transmission path is aerosol particles (< 2.5 μm), which are too fine to be blocked.
Worn by fidgety children masks are even less likely to offer any protection.
The Wellington City Council’s Draft District Plan presents the details of its Significant Natural Areas policy, including SNA designations on both private and public land, in the Section on ‘Ecosystems and Indigenous Biodiversity’.
It is a matter of deep concern that this initiative, which has huge implications for the rights of all Wellington property owners and residents, has remained under the radar – to this day very few members of the public are aware of it.
The Council claims authority from the Resource Management Act, Section 6, which provides that appropriate authorities:
‘shall recognise and provide for the following matters of national importance: […] (c) the protection of areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna’.
However there is no relation between the provisions of the RMA to protect valuable fauna and habitats and the Council’s Significant Natural Area programme, rolled out in 2019 in the name of satisfying the requirements of 6(c). The policy will not even satisfy the claimed objectives of that section of the DDP.
I therefore totally oppose the Council’s SNA policy as detailed in the Draft District Plan and ask that the whole of the section on ‘Ecosystems and Indigenous Biodiversity’ be removed.
TRADITIONAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
‘Nobody owns land’ (former Deputy Mayor Jill Day, 2019)
The Council has designated some 160 SNAs, which include part or the whole of 1693 private properties, often but not always adjacent to existing reserves. Once the District Plan has been finalised, homeowners:
Lose the right to use and enjoy their property as they wish
Suffer dramatic loss to the value of their property
The stated purpose of the RMA Act is to:
‘promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources [which] means managing the use, development, and protection of natural and physical resources in a way, or at a rate, which enables people and communities to provide for their social, economic, and cultural well-being and for their health and safety while […] mitigating any adverse effects of activities on the environment.’ (section 5).
The only references to private land in the RMA are in relation to heritage orders and serve to underline the importance of property rights, e.g.
‘However, a heritage protection authority that is a body corporate approved under section 188 must not give notice of a requirement for a heritage order in respect of any place or area of land that is private land’.
The RMA, then, makes it very clear that while all measures should be taken to protect the natural environment, and especially indigenous flora of significance, the welfare of people and communities comes first.
Central government’s Biodiversity Strategy 2000, in force in 2019, emphasises, ‘Securing the willing and active participation of landowners is therefore pivotal to sustaining indigenous biodiversity on private land’ (p. 38)
The Legislation Guidelines (2021 edition), which have been adopted by Cabinet as the government’s key point of reference for assessing whether draft legislation is consistent with accepted legal and constitutional principles, recognise ‘respect for property’ as a fundamental constitutional principle:
‘New legislation should respect property rights. People are entitled to the peaceful
enjoyment of their property […] The Government should not take a person’s property
without good justification. A rigorously fair procedure is required and compensation
should generally be paid’.
Wellington City Council, however, has launched an aggressive assault on traditional property rights, contrary to the spirit and letter of the RMA and other guidelines. Furthermore the Council has indicated that it will not be paying compensation.
According to Forest & Bird, SNAs are ‘New Zealand’s most important remnants of native habitat – places where rare or threatened plants or animals are still found’. Except that they’re not – at least not as designated in Wellington. It is questionable whether there is anything significant or ‘of national importance’ on any of the private land affected, of a quality to justify trampling on traditional rights. If there is anything special, it almost certainly has a covenant already. At best the cover is regrowth on former farmland, some very recent as old, soilrobbing pines are removed. Some of it is well-established and a pleasure to its owners. On the other hand, much is very low grade – the Council website repeatedly refers to ‘bush and scrub’. However the Council officer I spoke to at a walk-in session in Ngaio was adamant that regenerating bush constitutes ‘indigenous biodiversity of national importance’.
Many of the SNAs, furthermore, incorporate or consist of cover that has not the remotest claim to be of significance: garden shrubbery, toxic weeds, pine trees, agapanthus, lawn.
The piece of my land designated as SNA consists in its entirety of: a mix of common natives and exotics along the roadside; woodshed, lawn, and a bank of tradescantia dotted sparsely with wild cherries and an extremely common native. The designation puts paid to long-term plans to put in a drive, maybe double garage, granny flat or separate dwelling, and of course wipes several hundred thousand dollars off the value of the property.
The Council policy is designed in such a way that it will inevitably have poor outcomes:
The Council does not differentiate between virgin forest and scrub that self-seeded a couple of years ago – this is hardly the best way to ensure protection of flora that is rare and special.
Loss of good will: The Greater Wellington Regional Policy Statement states: ‘The restoration of ecosystems relies upon the good will and actions of landowners’. Rather than working to engender good will and cooperation with landowners, by imposing restrictions on property without consent, the Council’s programme serves to alienate them.
The Council is punishing people for loving nature – property owners are being conditioned to seeing native plants as a threat to their rights. In Porirua, which has a programme serving a similar ideology, one landowner with several hectares of bush has reluctantly cleared two of them, and is contemplating clearing the rest. I myself hoped to allow bush to regenerate on a piece of land which suddenly became fertile after the removal of a large macrocarpa. Obviously I won’t be doing that now, but no matter – the Council will probably take the land anyway.
When SNAs are seen in conjunction with the Urban Development Act, Wellington residents with anything bigger than a golfer’s section – any who love the natural environment – are vulnerable to having their land taken from them, in the name of either biodiversity or development.
Claims that the Council is prepared to be accommodating are discredited – almost all o those who have contacted me have found council officers intractable. At least one property owner has spent $25,000 on an ecological report showing that his land did not constitute ‘significant indigenous biodiversity’, which was summarily dismissed by Council officers.
The programme also has undesirable implications for the management of public land, incorporating much-loved parks and open spaces. It took months for Council officers to agree to remove the SNA designation from Queens Park, Thorndon, after the local residents association contested it. There is under consideration a proposal to extend the Southern Landfill – on land that is now designated an SNA. A very popular grassy area on Kaukau has been disappeared into the SNA – planting has already started (see photo below, Khandallah from Kaukau).
LAND IN FOREIGN OWNERSHIP
The policy is in breach of trade agreements with regard to assets in foreign ownership. Does the Singapore Embassy know that most of its site has been designated an SNA?
LACK OF DEMOCRACY
The Council rolled out its SNA initiative during the election campaign of 2019, with a feelgood letter on pretty paper in a pretty envelope, offering to help people with their ‘biodiversity’. The fleeting reference to the need for a resource consent to make use of the land went unnoticed by the vast majority of affected landowners. Most people who attended a public meeting in Khandallah in July this year were unaware of the policy. It was not until the Council sent another letter spelling out the implications of the policy, two years after the initial rollout and just weeks before submissions on the Draft District Plan closed, that affected property owners throughout the city woke up to it. There has been absolutely no effort to advise the general public of the Council’s policy on property rights – there should have been full-page advertisements in the Dominion Post.
No sitting candidate referred to the policy during the general election.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
The function of Wellington City Council’s SNA programme is clearly NOT to identify and protect indigenous biodiversity of national importance as required by the RMA. Rather, it is to normalise land expropriation and compulsorily rewild the city at the expense of property owners and residents.
COUNCIL IS EXPOSING ITSELF TO LEGAL ACTION
The Council is irresponsibly laying itself, ie the ratepayer, open to the lawsuits that will inevitably follow, from individuals or as a class action. The Council will be asked to either desist altogether in imposing reserve status on private property on bogus grounds, or to pay compensation which will entail the payments of many millions of the ratepayers money.
Wellington City Council’s Significant Natural Area policy is wrong in law and wrong in principle. It is a worrying example of council overreach, while at the same time failing in its objectives of protecting significant biodiversity of national importance. The criteria applied by Wildlands Consultants in its SNA designations are completely inappropriate – the designated SNAs do not constitute ‘significant biodiversity of national importance’.
The Council should, therefore:
Reject the report of Wildlands Consultants in its entirety, rescind its SNA policy, and remove all SNA designations from public and private land from the District Plan. If the Council believe existing reserves and protections are inadequate then they need to start again with a view to properly, honestly and fairly implementing the requirements of the Resource Management Act.
Apologise to affected landowners for the angst caused by this policy.
Reimburse affected landowners for any expense incurred in contesting the designations.
Journalist Nicky Hager is best known for his book on ‘Dirty Politics’, targeting the National Party in the run up to the 2014 election. He recently published a diatribe smearing not only opponents of the Labour government, its ‘covid response’ and the covid vaccine, but also critics of the mainstream media and the United Nations. The article is a fascinating example of the use of ad hominem to undermine dissent and the telling of truth to power.
‘When people I know march down the road with white supremacists, Trump supporters, fundamentalist Christians, people who are pro-guns, anti-UN, anti-immigrant and anti-Jewish, people who believe a powerful “them” want to kill millions and enslave the earth, things have got totally out of hand.’ (Nicky Hager: My Message to Friends Who Joined This Week’s Protest)
What follows is an open letter to Nicky Hager from Alex Hills, founder of Candles4Assange and co-founder of FreeAssangeNZ. (Her views do not necessarily represent those of this blog)
Dear Nicky Hager
I thank you for your LED candles donated to ‘Candles4Assange’ / ‘FreeAssangeNZ’ and your amazing work on the open letter for Julian from 1,500 Journalists worldwide. I have a lot of respect for your past investigative journalism, humanitarian efforts and work redacting documents for Wikileaks.
However I must ask you to CEASE AND DESIST labelling protestors; ‘anti-vax’, ‘white supremacists’ and ‘fundamentalist christians’. It smacks of desperation.
2021 seems to have brought about a kind of ‘changing of the guard’ in media when it comes to integrity and reporting of truth. The ‘old guard’ self-censor to retain their ‘reputation’. They give institutions the benefit of the doubt. They even applaud the censorship and smears from time to time, all the while, becoming more and more out of touch from ‘we the people’. After all, we have just witnessed Noam Chomsky, not only endorsing dementia-ridden war-criminal-candidate Biden, but now manufacturing consent for global mandates of a novel medical therapy and segregating society accordingly! At the same time we have seen ‘Rage against the Machine’ literally roll over and push the establishment narrative. This has led some to believe the ‘vaccines’ are more ‘effective’ than we could EVER have imagined!
Most of those Wellington protestors would not have the slightest inkling about any churches involvement. If, instead of parroting what Associated Press ‘stenographers’ were reporting, you had witnessed the action first hand, you would have seen that crowd included disenfranchised mums, dads, midwives, doctors, nurses, scientists, artists, musicians and professionals from all walks of life as well as Iwi groups and a united front from gangs across the country. This is unprecedented. Surely these people should not be written off or labelled as the TV instructs?
They were from across the political spectrum, with different spiritual or non-spiritual beliefs, school-leaver through to PhD level education – an incredibly diverse bunch of people and far from New Zealand media’s ’chatter’ on this topic, they were full of love and concern for their family & fellow citizens. Not hate. Certainlynot racism. You, more than most, should be aware of how media misrepresents those who speak the truth. The few Nazi symbols seen on signs at the protest were directed at the New Zealand Government’s policy of segregation, discrimination and medical apartheid. Nothing to do with the beliefs of the 20k-strong crowd.
‘In times of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.’
I am afraid to inform you, this indeed, is one of those times in history. We are witnessing what it is like when journalists are too frightened to report the truth.
My mother, a journalist who had interviewed Churchill in her twenties, died last week, following a stroke which happened to occur after the 2nd jab. She was put on a euthanasia drug, which however may have been appropriate in her case, since she had suffered dementia the last twenty-two years. All the same, I did not get asked permission for any of these medical measures taken, despite being her power of attorney. This was especially painful to me, since I am aware these drugs are also part of the new pandemic NIH hospital protocol that the world is currently following blindly. This not only involves sending people home without treatment to ‘self-isolate’, when they inevitably become poorly, but also, patients are intubated onto ventilators and are eventually given these damaging-yet ‘approved’ covid drugs, and all the while hospital managers are reaping the incentives for these measures to be carried out.
You label the protesters as ‘anti-vaxxers’. ‘Anti-vax’ is a pejorative slur similar to ‘Conspiracy Theorist’ which we know is used to dispose of informed opinion and facts that people do not wish to hear. Many of the people in the protest are not ‘Anti-Vaccine’, as they and their families have accepted traditional vaccines in the past.
Have you looked into the dramatic, recent change in the definition of ‘vaccine’? Eg. Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary:
I and many others have accessed scientific research from public web platforms which has informed us about the many downsides of mRNA gene therapy. We recognise the dangers of surveillance capitalism: ‘ID 2020’ and the ‘Internet of Things’, along with the issues in fast-tracking and injecting the global population with a novel mRNA gene therapy injectable.
We need to stop dismissing people as ‘racist’ or ‘white supremacist’ just because that is convenient for our party politics. This is NZ. Proudly anti-racist. Those are labels think-tanks and paid ‘trolls’ use to discredit anything other than government narrative. The freedom groups are cosmopolitan and inclusive, they are not racially based. The crowds are a beautiful mix of races, sexes, ages and cultures – people from all walks of life – willing to question the BigPharma PR-cesspit our media has become. Perhaps the government has a handful of genuine ‘white supremacists’ they are presumably watching, but how on earth could anyone witnessing the protest last Tuesday make the assumption it was full of white supremacists?
You call them ‘Trump supporters’, but truth is, the vast majority of these people have done enough research to uncover Trump not only rushed the vaccines through #OperationWarpSpeed, his executive orders allowed a police state to flourish, set precedent for military control of medical services, allowed bigtech corruption to thrive unchecked and lifted the gain-of-function research ban Obama had put in place, all while the establishment continues to short-out the globe’s health service and economic system from under our feet. I don’t wish to make liberal heads ‘explode’, but he pushes the vaccine proudly to this day! Most of the people in this protest would have long-ago transcended kindergarten playground-style party politics. Certainly not supporting any of the current poor-excuses for ‘representation’ we have right now in this country.
You label them ignorant extremists, however the sources they were listening to in independent reader-funded media were reporting lab-leaks, gain-of-function research, vaccine passes and the shorting-out of the health and economic system as early as April 2020. This led to their preferred news sources being censored, mocked and demonetized only to later discover that same news gradually seeping out into mainstream talking points TWO YEARS LATER! The psychological operation known as ‘QAnon’, neuters and discredits dissent and I imagine couldn’t be further from this crowd’s mind. This, along with the unhinged legacy media psychological operation, mean the truth is now largely missing from Google platforms. The polarisation and division we are seeing now is the direct result of the interplay between two highly contradicting narratives and is by design.
‘What is the difference between conspiracy and fact? …About six months”
You call protestors ‘climate deniers’ but climate / green activists have gone along with the legacy media narrative which directs their action into punching down and laying guilt on the people, introducing useless 0.01% enriching ponzi-schemes like carbon tax, instead of directing the efforts where they are really needed to improve the environment (eg. target the polluting corporations, banks, military, oil companies and monopolies raping this earth right now, such as ie. PUNCH UP!). They have no interest in self-sufficient people producing power, food and building with low toxic materials. Hell! I should know, I taught Agenda 21 ‘values’ as a Sustainable Architecture Lecturer at Victoria University Wellington (as well as in UK and Australia), but after 4 years near full time on the front line of this propaganda battle fighting for free press, you can not avoid but see the wider eugenics / technocracy agenda at play. Sadly academics are given precisely the ‘carrot’ and ‘blinkered-narrative’ they need, to go along with the madness. If they see the de-humanising part of the agenda, they put it down to being for the ‘wider good’, yet don’t have a clue they are building their own prison (as well as ours!).
You call protestors anti-UN, but like many Brexiters, they are all too aware of the unelected power structures which need to be resisted, who are engaging in disaster capitalism at biblical levels with the ultimate aim of a global technocracy. That is the New World Order with lipstick on, also known as: ‘Build Back Better’; ‘The Great Reset’; ‘4th Industrial Revolution‘; ‘Bio-security State’; ‘biological-digital convergence’; and ‘The Panopticon’. A cursory glance at materials relating to agenda 21 / 2030 will make the transhumanist agenda crystal clear.
You complain they refer to media as the ‘enemy of normal people’, yet you know these same media voices have lied us into EVERY war for many decades and at this point, have the blood of millions on their hands. In the current crisis they have suppressed and mocked effective patent-free nobel prize-winning antiviral treatments, deleted or discounted victim testimonies, and ‘disappeared’ whole careers of doctors, scientists, epidemiologists, virologists, nobel laureates, academics and even the inventors of the technology being rolled out globally? It doesn’t matter whether they are from Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, Lancet, British Medical Journal, Nature etc. Speaking out is being rewarded by being smeared, struck-off and/or deleted from history.
The evidence of eugenics agendas at play right now globally NEEDS CALLING OUT. We are now suffering from the intellectual descendants of those Nazi scientists the UK & US rescued in ‘Operation Paperclip’.
To claim legacy media has any integrity in 2021 requires a SPECIAL level of brainwashing.
Perhaps you could look into the government / military / intelligence-linked organisations like NUDGE / SAGE that weaponise Applied Behavioural Psychology & Neuro-linguistic Programming (the receipts are there if you dare look). Why not read the SPARS document, Lockstep 2010 or watch Event 201 to see these agendas planned ahead in FINE DETAIL. How ethical is it for the government to bypass consent, by use of messaging to induce fear, to drive the behaviours of the population?
You talk about fundamental Christians, as though spiritual beliefs are disallowed in 2021? Have you not witnessed the media’s last TWENTY years of islamophobia (while behind closed doors our own leaders support & deploy these extremists themselves? – see Kiwi-trained ‘White Helmets’ for instance?). How are you enjoying the Russia / China xenophobia we are seeing right now? Is it helping?
We are a global family suffering under the sameglobalisttyrants & psychopaths. As a former atheist I too, used to mock and sneer those who spoke about their religion or spirituality. I was misdirecting my anger at organised religion, that barely anyone could defend following the billions paid out in abuse-hush money & the clear link with war criminals, blackmail and psychopaths in power. Most people, even those previously secular, are recognising we are in a spiritual battle between good and evil right now.
I’ll give you this, perhaps some people in that crowd have it wrong. Maybe ‘Communism’ isn’t the right term. They may be wrong to focus so much on China or have hope for a puppet like Trump, but their dislike for Jacinda Ardern and her policies of: segregation; discrimination; removal of habeus corpus; wanton censorship; and her past record as senior policy advisor to Tony Blair while he was committing his worst war crimes, is entirely justified. It should turn ANY person’s blood COLD and cause them to question ‘the single source of truth’.
Back in the eighties my mother tried to explain how I would be able to get a little closer to the truth by, say, reading between the lines about a certain topic in the Guardian (traditional left) and then reading the same topic in the Independent (traditional right). This was good advice in the eighties. It largely worked. But that advice today, would be utterly meaningless when these media mouthpieces are run by a combination of CIA, Mi6 (integrity initiative), bigtech, think-tanks and Bill Gates et. al.
Six corporations control the entirety of legacy media… Yes, I’m afraid that includes ABC Australia and RNZ, whose journalists seem to have problems spelling ‘Assange’ let alone covering the case properly! These institutions died a while back along with the censorship drive, arguably many years before that in #OperationPaperclip.
How any self-respecting Assange supporter (or indeed any serious journalist) could be so blind to the authoritarian, fascist, global government rolling in right now, is a mystery to me. Could the rarefied air in Roseneath be far, far above the concerns of ordinary people?
Alex Hills, B.Sc Dip.Arch Dip.EEB MBSc ARB(uk) LBP(nz), Founder Candles4Assange, Co-founder FreeAssangeNZ
New Zealand’s National opposition has released its strategy ‘to tackle COVID-19, end lockdowns and reopen to the world’. The plan is based heavily on ‘elimination’, and emphasises vaccinating children, first from the age of 12, and then from the age of five, once approval has been fast tracked.
Vaccinate 12+ year olds in schools before the end of the year
Be ready to go immediately with 5-11-year-olds […]’
From the point of political expediency, the plan has some merit. Who in the media, or parliament, cares if it’s breathtakingly immoral?
The Clever Bit
Vaccinating children are an obvious solution if the only concern is to raise the vaccination statistics. Small children are an easy target, and can be cajoled or blackmailed into having the vaccine.
At the moment the vaccine is approved for 12 year olds, who do not need to have parental approval for ‘informed consent to vaccination’. Given the failure of the authorities to fully inform the public, it seems most unlikely that children will be properly informed. Nor is there any guarantee that this right to informed to consent will not be extended to five year olds. In any case pressure will be put on the children to convince parents to allow vaccination.
The novelty of the pandemic is wearing off, as the lockdowns bite into the economy and people’s livelihoods. Instead of wondering why we are sacrificing so much for a disease that on average kills people over the age of life expectancy, many New Zealanders are embracing the view that the vaccine is the magic bullet. Little dissent has been voiced over the child-abusive measures so far (e.g. masks, distancing, isolation); few are going to fuss over health risks to children from the Pfizer vaccine.
The Immoral Bit
The vaccine is well proven to be not indicated (and certainly not for children), not at all effective, and very unsafe.
The risk to children from the virus is statistically zero – for those under age 20 survivability is around 99.995%. Figures out of China as early as March last year, published in our leading newspapers, indicated that children were not getting covid. This has been subsequently confirmed by figures showing that the median age in most Western countries is higher than life expectancy. It is impossible for politicians not to know that covid does not present a quantifiable risk to children.
Furthermore children do not present a risk to adults. Again this was shown early on and has not been disproven. But even if children could infect adults, those they come in contact with, such as teachers and parents, are themselves not at great risk. No doubt those who are worried would be vaccinated, and it is possible to protect the elderly.
There is no possible justification in health terms for putting children at risk by forcing an experimental vaccine on them.
That the NZ government – and the opposition – have been talking about allowing vaccinated people to serve a reduced time in quarantine, but only if they come from safe countries, shows that they know full well well that the vaccine isn’t effective.
Israel has now declared that a person is considered unvaccinated unless they have had a third shot. There is no evidence whatsoever that constant boosters will provide immunity – if anything, the opposite.
A recurring theme throughout 2021, both in terms of reported adverse events and in academic research, has been the association between Covid-19 vaccines and blood clots leading to thrombosis. As the age of vaccination came down, it became clear that young people, especially young men, were particularly vulnerable. Just some of the clues:
In April leading Israeli health experts published a report into the Pfizer vaccine, which found that the side effects indicate damage to almost every system in the human body. They noted that a significant number of adverse reported are related, directly or indirectly, to coagulopathy (myocardial infarction, stroke, miscarriages, disruption of blood flow to the limbs, pulmonary embolism). There were a relatively high rate of cardiac-related injuries. 26% of all cardiac events occurred in young people below the age of 40, the most common diagnosis in these cases being myocarditis or pericarditis.The verdict was that ‘there has never been a vaccine that has harmed as many people’. (Report in Appendix)
The June 10th report of America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that there were 216 reports of heart inflammation after the first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna shots, and 573 reports after the second shots.
In July, a Harvard Medical School publication acknowledged that: ‘Currently, about 1,000 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis have been reported after vaccination against COVID-19 with one of the mRNA vaccines, Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna. The cases have been most common in male adolescents and young adults, occurring most often after the second dose, and usually within several days of receiving the vaccine.
Top German pathologists who investigated 10 post-vaccination deaths found clumps of red blood cells (which ultimately cause clots and thrombosis), and giant cells that formed around trapped foreign bodies. In three cases out of the 10 they found rare autoimmune diseases.
In September Slovenia announced the suspension of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, while it investigates the death of a young woman who died after developing ‘blood clots and bleeding in the brain at the same time’ according to medics.
30 September: Health experts have been left baffled by a big rise in a common and potentially fatal type of heart attack in the west of Scotland. During the summer there was a 25 per cent rise in the number of people rushed to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank with partially blocked arteries cutting blood supply to the heart.
October: Sweden and Denmark have decided to halt vaccinations with Moderna’s Covid-19 shot for younger people – Sweden for under 30s, Denmark for under18s – citing new data on the increased risk of heart inflammation.
It should be noted that New Zealand’s vaccine provider of choice, Pfizer, has a dreadful record, having paid out billions for fraud and injury. A notable case was its Swine Flu vaccine, which it brought out after the WHO handily changed the definition of pandemic so that mass deaths weren’t necessary, and then designated Swine Flu thus (the new definition holds for the current pandemic). The vaccine was withdrawn after six months due to the deaths and injuries, and Pfizer has paid out millions in compensation.
NZ politicians have refused to take cognisance of Pfizer’s history, or past lack of success on the part of pharmaceutical companies in developing a safe coronavirus vaccine, nor quibbled about Jacinda Ardern granting Pfizer immunity from prosecution.
It is clear that the vaccine presents a far great danger to children than the virus itself – it is hard to believe that National MPs, or any New Zealand politicians, are unaware of this. Given the lack of a safe vaccine for Covid-19, vaccinating children can only be justified in terms of political expediency, and not at all on health grounds.
The ostensible purpose of the ‘Significant Natural Areas’ being established throughout New Zealand is to protect indigenous biodiversity of national importance on public and private land. However the policies being implemented go far beyond the requirements of the cited legislation, the Resource Management Act.
The controversy over Significant Natural Areas has largely focused on private property rights. However, following a public meeting held in Khandallah, Wellington, I was contacted by Peter Steel of the Thorndon Residents Association (TRA), who offered a new perspective – public parks.
The TRA Committee has been working to oppose an SNA designation on Queens Park, a space of lawns, exotic trees and native bush above the old suburb of Thorndon.
‘This area is part of the Town Belt and has been a colonial deciduous/exotic park for over 130 years. The Council currently proposed to include Queens Park with most of Te Ahumairangi Hill as an SNA which will require native vegetation in place of the existing planting.’ (Peter Green)
The Council appears to see no value in the special characteristics of the park as it is, a place of lawns, deciduous trees and flowering shrubs. While a lawn area has been excluded, the SNA takes in the bulk of exotic plantings.
‘[In July of this year] following the TRA approaching the Council to oppose the proposed SNA listing for Queens Park, a Council group accompanied by three of our Friends of Queens Park group did a walk-through assessment of Queens Park, to allow the Council team to decide whether to retain or drop Queens Park as an SNA. As I understand it, this walk through simply assessed whether the vegetation in the area was more or less than 50% native – the Council attendees said that if they assess the native vegetation as more than 50%, they intend that the SNA proposal should remain and be included in the draft District Plan. We haven’t yet heard the outcome of this.’
This suggests that any park that retains a certain percentage of native bush can be earmarked for rewilding of the whole, regardless of its original purpose. Overall biodiversity will be reduced.
‘ As far as I can see, none of the checks and follow up work that Wildlands recommended before determining SNA areas appears to have been done. It appears that the Council have simply taken all of the SNA proposals directly from these reports and included them in the Spatial Plan.’ (Peter Steel)
It is notable that while Boffa Miskell have assessed Te Ahumairangi Hill as a ‘special amenity landscape’, this does not include any of Queens Park (the two smaller areas to the east, separated from Te Ahumairangi Hill by Wadestown Road).
Other parks that combine open space with native bush are also affected: some examples are most of the Botanical Gardens, including the bush surrounding the very popular Dell, and the bush edging of Appelton Park.
Also designated as SNA is the whole of the reserve on Mount Kaukau, including the large bare area around the top. Down in the bush there is a sizeable clearing with a table and benches, and a separate seat towards the other end, with wonderful views over Wellington suburbs to the harbour. The clearing is popular but could do with more seating, as it is an obvious place for groups of walkers to have a rest stop.
However rather than improving seating, or eliminating the gorse and broom, the Council has already started to plant more natives of common species around the edges, presumably with a view to rewilding the whole area.
The lawn area is very obvious in aerial photographs, but this did not deter the Council.
Wellingtonians on the whole enjoy the different experience that walking through native bush gives. But when did we decide that lawns and specimen trees had to give way to ‘indigenous biodiversity’, even when this consists of fast-growing natives, which in the wrong place are normally considered weeds? Who decided that New Zealanders did not ever want parks with deciduous trees and flowering shrubs, or rather, that the needs of human beings had no value ?
There are major issues about overlaying the management of bush reserves, parks with open space, and private property, with a ‘one-size fits all’ designation under the RMA.
Councils or local bodies will have no control over decisions on the parks, any maintenance work will require higher level approvals and any changes will need to go through a comprehensive RMA planning process. The same will apply to volunteer community groups, who will be heavily constrained.
While existing paths through the bush can be maintained, no new paths can be created, except via a resource consent under the RMA. Likewise any enhancements such as benches or noticeboards along the paths will be problematic.
There are of course serious concerns about the implications for private property rights where relevant, but there is also the question of who is responsible for care or enhancement.
The totality of areas like Kaukau have been zoned for rewilding with no respect for present usage.
Expansion of popular parks or edging them with colourful shrubs will be virtually impossible.
There has been no call for the native plants edging spaces like the Dell or Appleton Park to be replaced by exotic shrubs. However if Wellington City Council achieves its vision of replacing our suburban gardens with high-rise apartments against a backdrop of monochrome green, with maybe the odd bed of native grasses, many will be desperate for the sight of some daffodils, a camellia or a flowering cherry.
At its 2021 Annual Conference in August, the NZ National Party voted to include as point two of its ‘Values’, ‘Recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of New Zealand’.
The argument in favour is that this is no more than historical truth. However two objections can be made to this decision:
1) The Treaty as Partnership
The text of the Treaty of Waitangi, and subsequent interpretations by people like Apirana Ngata, make it clear that Maori chiefs were conceding sovereignty to the Crown:
‘The Chiefs assembled including Chiefs not present at the assembly hereby cede absolutely to the Queen of England for ever the Government of all of their lands’ (see the Hon. Sir Apirana Ngata, ‘The Treaty of Waitangi: an Explanation’, 1922)
In recent years, however, the Treaty of Waitangi has been reinterpreted as meaning that those chiefs entered into (equal) partnership with the Crown. From the new school History curriculum:
‘It is clear that Maori did not cede their mana to the Crown, and that they signed in the belief that it would give them power to govern in partnership with the Governor’ (See The Big Lie)
Claims by Maori elites for special rights, even inequitable power-sharing, on the basis of this ‘partnership’ model have become increasingly strident. This year Wellington City Council, which already has two self-identifying Maori councillors out of its 14, agreed to invite two iwi representatives on full salary and with full voting rights, citing the Treaty. A few weeks later, the Council (including two National members) voted overwhelmingly to establish a Maori Ward, again citing the treaty, once the government removed the Electoral Act provision for binding polls.
‘If we are honouring Te Tiriti, we are looking at a co-governance structure and that is 50/50 representation’ Teri O’Neil, Councillor, Wellington City Council, video submission, 19:45 – 25:38
Professor Elizabeth Rata of Auckland University, refutes the existence of a Treaty partnership and outlines the strategy being used by the Maori elite to gain control of the country, pointing out that the extremists behind this power grab are relatively small in number and hardly representative:
‘The exclusive biculturalists driving the separatist agenda are actually a rather small group of individuals, numbering only in the hundreds. They are ethnically diverse and include iwi-Maori leaders, intellectuals, lobbyists, academics, activists, lawyers, officials, media figures, and politicians. Tight self-referential networks, strong personal relationships, and a willingness to play the long game have led to their remarkable success. These are all features common to those who lead revolutionary change.’ (The Road to He Puapua – Is there really a Treaty partnership?)
In including a reference to the Treaty of Waitangi in its constitution, the National Party could have taken the opportunity to explain what it means by ‘the Treaty’, but has chosen to leave it to politicians to interpret as they will.
2) The timing – He Puapua
‘He PuaPua: the Report of the Working Group on a Plan to Realise the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in Aotearoa/New Zealand’, was completed in 2019 but kept secret until released to the public this year after a freedom of information request from ex-MP Muriel Newman (ACT).
The He PuaPua report is essentially a road map for co-governance with iwi, ie replacing Western democracy with tribal rule – by 2040.
‘Like a runaway train, the pace of change of this separatist takeover of our culture and institutions, is escalating to new heights. Everything from crushing local government democracy, to changing the country’s name to ‘Aotearoa’, to introducing a separate Maori health authority – with the power of veto over all health decisions – is set out in He Puapua.’ (Muriel Newman, He Puapua)
The report was attacked vigorously in the media by both ACT and National. While Labour insisted that the report was not government policy, National’s leader Judith Collins has pointed out that many of the provisions have already been implemented. So why did National chose this particular year to include a reference to the Treaty in its list of essential values?
National, Three Waters and Taumata Arowai
NZ’s Labour/Green government has introduced a proposal that the control of water management pass from local bodies to four new authorities, know as the Three Waters reforms, 50:50 co-governed by iwi. The proposal has been described as He Puapua in action:
‘Minister Mahuta’s plan will result in freshwater, stormwater and wastewater assets and infrastructure owned and controlled by the country’s 67 local authorities – and paid for by generations of ratepayers – being transferred to four new regional water agencies 50:50 co-governed by iwi. Although local authorities will provide all of the assets, they will be given only 50 percent of the control. The other 50 percent will be given to local iwi.
‘Not only will councils effectively have control of their assets cut in half, Cabinet papers reveal an extraordinary requirement: all decisions undertaken by these new agencies “will require a super majority decision of 75 per cent”. That means no decisions can be made without the approval of iwi. In effect, iwi will have a veto right and be in control of all New Zealand water services decision-making.’
The National opposition’s shadow minister for local government, Chris Luxon, has just published an open letter to the government (see Appendix), criticising the project for the following reasons:
The touted scale benefits as well as the financial assumptions and cost savings have not been properly explained
Ratepayers may end up cross-subsidising neighbouring communities
They will remove local control from communities: ‘We review the entity model as a continuation of the Labour Governemments/
Nowhere does Luxon address the transfer of power to Maori elites. Rather, the letter indicates that National is throwing its full support behind the new water authority in charge of the reforms.
2. We fully support Taumata Arowai, the new water regulator. New Zealand has never had a body to both set and – importantly – enforce drinking water standards. We believe this will be a game-changer and a very important organisation going forward
Luxon is thereby implying support for the model of equal partnership with iwi. Taumata Arowai’s web page spells out the intention to ‘operate from a ‘te ao Maori perspective’ and its commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, inevitably in the sense of ‘partnership.
Taumata Arowai will operate from a te ao Māori perspective aspiring to higher outcomes for wai and tangata in Aotearoa. We will work in partnership across Aotearoa, taking our lead from Te Tiriti o Waitangi, to regulate and influence the water services sector to improve outcomes and reflect on the importance and interconnectivity of the health of tangata and of wai.
‘The National Party stands for equal citizenship for all. We must be one people underneath the law despite all of our diversity. We will not support a system of co-governance that undermines our democracy and treats people differently based on ethnicity.’
The mixed messages could come from a reluctance to grasp the issue of governance, thereby bringing down on National the full force of the government-funded mainstream media media. However there are real signs that important forces within the National Party support the progression from a Western democracy to tribal rule. The Party’s position needs to be clarified, and soon.
John Scarry, BE (Hons), ME, is a New Zealand structural engineer. This is a letter he sent to New Zealand Members of Parliament on 20 July 2021. So far he has received no reply, aside from a message from the office of Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson, which said that because it fell into the portfolio of Minister of Health Chris Hipkins, they were forwarding the e-mail to Hipkins’ office.
Dear Member of Parliament,
1. The irrefutable facts are that the risk of death and serious injury from COVID-19 vaccines and the ongoing irrational response to COVID-19 are far worse than the illness itself. The vaccinations must stop now, or horrific more harm will be done.
This is especially so for people under 70 who do not have serious pre-existing conditions, and most especially for young people and children.
Last week in the US, according to the government run Centre for Disease Control (CDC), more people died from the COVID vaccines than from COVID itself. Enough said – the vaccinations must stop immediately.
These vaccines have not been tested, and the only available credible information regarding them is that they must not be administered – the real and potential risks outweigh any possible good.
These vaccines have not been tested, and the only available credible information regarding them is that they must not be administered – the real and potential risks outweigh any possible good.
Please read the accompanying letter to the New South Wales Minister for Health for information additional to that contained in this e-mail, and for detailed references. [Unable to link, ed.]
2. As of this week, the official US CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) stated that 9125 people in the US had died from the COVID-19 vaccines. This is after about five months of widespread vaccination. On a pro-rata population basis, this means that in the first five months of widespread vaccination in NZ, 140 people can be expected to die from the COVID-19 vaccine, over 5 times the official number of deaths from COVID-19. On that basis alone, the vaccinations must stop, now.
3. The VAERS scheme is known to significantly under-record the actual number of deaths from a vaccine, and the actual number of COVID-19 vaccine induced US deaths is likely over 90,000 so far. In addition, there have been hundreds of thousands of adverse reactions, many very serious, including a very high rate of spontaneous abortion in pregnant women injected within the first tri-mester. The New England Journal of Medicine has just published the results of a study into the COVID-19 vaccination of pregnant women. Of 127 women who were vaccinated in the first trimester or the early part of the second trimester, 104 suffered spontaneous abortions before the pregnancy reached the 20 week mark. That is an 82% spontaneous abortion rate. The vaccinations must stop now, and all orders and pressure and coercion to force people to get vaccinated must stop now.
In Europe, the official COVID-19 vaccine figures are 10,784 deaths and 1,353,292 injuries, many serious, to 19 June 2021. [As of 3 July 2021, these totals appear to have risen to 17,503 deaths and 1,687,527 injuries].
Ongoing vaccination cannot be justified on any scientific or humanitarian ground, in any country.
4. The figure below shows the annual number of deaths in the US caused by all vaccines according to VAERS. It can be seen that deaths so far this year from the COVID-19 vaccines exceed by far the total number of deaths from all other vaccines combined over the last 31 years.
Previously, vaccines have been withdrawn once 50 deaths were recorded by VAERS. Why have the COVID-19 vaccines not been withdrawn, given that they have killed nearly 10,000 people in the US so far, and given that the risk of death from COVID-19 in healthy people is very, very low, and given that there are excellent and effective therapeutics available?
Note that, as explained below, the worst effects from the COVID-19 vaccines will take several months if not up to 2 years to develop in most people, so the problem with the vaccines is much worse than the already appalling situation shown in this figure.
5. Why have the Prime Minister, Mr Hipkins and, for National, Mr Bishop, not been telling the public of the deaths and severe adverse reactions the vaccines have been proven to cause already? Why hasn’t the ‘mainstream’ news media?
6. Despite the official silence, secrecy and suppression, some estimates already put the COVID-19 vaccine death toll in NZ at greater than the (inflated) official COVID-19 death toll of 26. Given that excellent effective therapeutics are available, the vaccinations must stop now.
7. As a result of e-mails released under a Freedom of Information Act request, it has been proven beyond all doubt that COVID-19 was genetically engineered in the Wuhan Lab, part-funded by money directed there for illegal gain of function research by Anthony Fauci.
Anthony Fauci has therefore committed crimes against humanity, on multiple levels. Why has the NZ Government and Opposition not demanded his immediate imprisonment and trial for these crimes? Not only does he lie all the time, he changes his lies minute by minute. Why are his demands for masking and now forced injection with lethal vaccines given any credibility? Why is not getting shot up with a dangerous ‘vaccine’ being treated as a crime, yet Fauci is treated as an authority who must be obeyed?
What sanctions do the Government and Opposition propose to demand against Communist China, and what reparations will be demanded, given Communist China’s clear crimes against humanity in regard to the creation and release of this (admittedly rather mild) bio-weapon?
8. Despite appalling mis-management, deliberate infection of the elderly in many US states, numerous ‘false positives’ and the suppression of effective therapeutics, COVID-19 has been proven to be, overall, no worse than seasonal flu.
Even with the deliberate infection of elderly people in US nursing homes, the suppression of effective therapeutics, appalling forced ventilation ‘treatments’, the classification of any flu or pneumonia case as COVID-19, numerous false positives from PCR tests run at 40 cycles, and the death of any person even suspected of recently having had COVID-19 as being recorded as a ‘COVID death’, the total true global infection fatality rate (IFR) is now estimated to be 0.15%. For people under 70 the IFR is 0.05% and for younger people, the IFR is even tinier. The overwhelming majority of the population, especially those who are under 70, are at virtually no risk of death or even serious illness from COVID-19, unless the person has serious pre-existing comorbidities, especially obesity, severe respiratory illness or heart disease. Many people who are truly infected with COVID-19 don’t even know it, and develop no symptoms. In other words, except for the very old, a person has to be very ill already for COVID-19 to be a danger, and that is allowing for the continued suppression of very effective therapeutics.
COVID-19 has a steep age gradient in mortality, and children and teenagers are virtually free of risk – seasonal flu is far more of a risk to them. Of the very small number of children and teenagers who are known to have died from COVID-19, nearly all of them had serious pre-existing comorbidities.
Instead of locking down these young people, making them wear disease-creating masks, and subjecting them to mental torture, they should have been and should be encouraged and allowed to develop natural immunity, which will be a non-dangerous, real, effective and long-lasting immunity against COVID-19 and its inevitable (milder) variants.
Given the dangers embodied in the COVID-19 vaccines, any vaccination, forced or unforced, of young people will be a crime. On the incontrovertible evidence that is currently available, the COVID-19 vaccines are and will cause orders of magnitude more damage to young people than COVID-19 could possibly ever do. And that does not even consider the long term effects of these vaccines.
9. If no one had ever mentioned COVID-19, the worst anyone would have thought was that 2020 was a bad year for flu, with at most, a small rise in the number of deaths from flu and pneumonia. Deaths due to pneumonia and flu have disappeared, to be re-labelled “COVID deaths”.
COVID-19 is the first ‘pandemic’ in history that has lowered the death rate and increased life expectancy.
In the US, once the lockdown-induced increase in suicide and drug overdoses, and the increased murder rate due to ‘defund the police’ efforts are allowed for, the death toll in 2020 was less than in 2019.
In most countries, the average age of people officially dying of COVID-19 is higher than the life expectancy prior to the release/escape from Wuhan. In other words, it is the very old and sick who are most at risk.
10. Many competent experienced doctors quickly tried and identified very successful and safe therapeutic regimes for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
These regimes used a combination of widely used, well known, safe and cheap drugs. These regimes include:
Ivermectin, or hydroxychloroquine plus zinc; plus
A corticosteroid such as Prednisone; plus
(The Lancet has retracted their much publicised ‘study’ that condemned HCQ as dangerous and ineffective.)
The anti-coagulants are required to deal with the micro-blood clots that form in the lungs, an injury that the ventilators made worse, not better.
This is the first time in history that experienced competent physicians were actively subverted and obstructed in their efforts to develop treatment regimes for a new illness.
This is the first time in history that drugs with a long history of safe use were suppressed or banned by the authorities, and their proponents ridiculed, censored and disciplined.
Not because the drugs were ineffective or dangerous, but because the drugs were safe and very effective, provided the patient was treated early enough. Can the Prime Minister, Mr Hipkins and Mr Bishop please explain the rationale for this criminal suppression, and why they have not acted to stop it?
Clearly, public health is subordinate to a dangerous vaccine agenda, and it was always going to be.
11. The 2002-2004 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak was caused by the SARS-CoV-1 corona virus. SARS had a case fatality rate of between 9.5% to 11%, which is well over 60 times that of COVID-19.
Attempts to develop vaccines for SARS-CoV-1 had to be abandoned because all of the test animals died. Most did not die immediately, but several months later (equivalent to about 2 years in human terms).
The test animals often died from cytokine storms (hypercytokinemia), in which the (vaccine affected) immune system causes an uncontrolled and excessive release of pro-inflammatory signalling molecules called cytokines. When suddenly released in large quantities, cytokines cause multisystem organ failure and death.
The SARS-CoV-1 vaccine attempts were halted because the resulting vaccines were lethal to the test animals. Not always immediately, but (in human terms), always within two years of the vaccination.
The genetically engineered (mild) bioweapon COVID-19 is also known as SARS-CoV-2. Note the name.
After all SARS-CoV-1 vaccine research had to be abandoned because the vaccines killed all of the test animals within the human equivalent of two years, why are similar SARS-CoV-2 vaccines now being effectively mandated, with ‘promises’ to track down the unvaccinated?
When the vaccinated are exposed to another corona virus infection, the cytokine storm hits.
12. Numerous world leading doctors, virologists and scientists in related fields have spoken out and against the COVID-19 vaccines, and demanded that the vaccinations be stopped, or at the very least restricted to only the most vulnerable.
Luc Montagnier is a world leading virologist who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008 for being a co-discoverer of the HIV virus.
Montagnier has stated categorically that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are insanity. He has also identified protein sequences similar to brain prion disease in the vaccines.
13. Already, the lethality of the COVID-19 vaccines has become undeniable, and the vaccine death and injury toll has already proven to be far too high to justify any more vaccinations.
The ‘spike protein’ is found on the surface of the genetically engineered and released COVID-19 ‘virus’. The mRNA vaccines have a knowingly dangerous mechanism of action. They permanently alter the person’s DNA, and cause the body to make an uncontrolled quantity of pathogenic spike protein from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
This production of spike protein within the person’s body has already been clearly demonstrated to injure vital organs such as the brain, heart, lungs and blood vessels. Because the vaccines infect cells within these organs, the generation of spike protein within the heart and brain cells in particular causes the body’s immune system to attack these organs.
Women’s ovaries and men’s testes are particularly prone to attack and permanent damage – an involuntary sterilisation in fact. Why is it that children and young people must be vaccinated, despite them being at minimal risk of serious injury from COVID-19?
Vaccinated young people, especially teenage boys, are suffering from myocarditis (heart inflammation) at rates up to 25 times the normal. This inflammation does not represent a short term problem – it will cause ongoing heart problems.
The COVID-19 vaccines are causing horrific blood clotting problems. Healthy teenage athletes in the US are suffering multiple blot clots in the brain soon after being vaccinated.
Some vaccine victims have had massive bleeding or clotting in the brain, killing them. The treating physicians have stated that they have never seen damage like this before.
14. By the Prime Minister’s own public admissions in television interviews, the COVID-19 vaccines do not prevent a vaccinated person contracting COVID-19, and they do not prevent a vaccinated person from infecting others with COVID-19! Enough said – the vaccines are, at best, worthless, and any risk they pose, no matter how small, cannot be justified.
The Prime Minister qualified her admission by claiming that, although the vaccines do not prevent infection and spread, they reduce the severity of the effects of the infection.
Given that there are very effective, cheap and safe therapeutics, and that so many infected people don’t even know they have COVID-19, the fact that the COVID-19 vaccines do not prevent infection and do not prevent spread means they are at best useless, and their use must stop immediately, because the risks are near infinitely greater than any benefits.
15. Lockdowns don’t work in preventing spread and infection, unless one is dealing with a disease as lethal and quick-acting as Ebola. In fact, they make matters worse, by preventing the rapid widespread development of natural immunity. Sweden went for natural immunity over lockdowns, and has reaped the benefits.
Remember when we in the western democracies were told the COVID-19 restrictions were just for two weeks, to ‘flatten the curve’ for hospital admissions. Now we are told that restrictions will be permanent, and every one must be vaccinated, and given booster shots in perpetuity. What we are told by ‘the authorities’ is wrong, and the best doctors in the world are saying ‘the authorities’ are wrong
The scientific evidence is clear – masks do not prevent transmission of COVID-19, and the masks are causing massive psychological and long-term physical health problems.
Finance director for the creation of this illegal gain-of-function virus, Fauci, said initially that masks don’t work, then said that we must never shake hands again, and then said that double masks plus eye goggles are essential protection, but then said it’s all right to hook up on Tinder to have sex with a stranger, and now, when he should be in prison, he is pushing for mandatory vaccination (despite the staggering vaccine death toll and injuries) plus mask wearing, and says that anyone who questions him is questioning science. He is an affront to science and an affront to humanity.
16. Clearly, the irrational official propaganda campaigns regarding COVID-19, which have continued unabated more than 15 months after the real facts and the real science put a lie to the panic, have caused widespread irrational fear and behaviour in the community.
People who wear masks while driving alone in their own cars are clearly disturbed. What they should be concerned about are the diseases they are prone to due to the oxygen deprivation and bacterial and fungal growths that mask wearing entails.
Having what should be mentally and physically healthy young men and women walk alone along a street with a mask on is insane.
17. Many if not most ‘cases’ of COVID-19 are false positives, because the (qualitative only) PCR tests are run at far too many cycles to produce realistic qualitative results.
If there are new cases of COVID-19 (real or false positive), that is irrelevant, and there is absolutely no scientifically justifiable reason to impose restrictions as a result.
Given that in most people, the infection produces no symptoms or mild effects, and given that there are excellent safe affordable and very effective therapeutics available, especially those based on Ivermectin, then the only required response to new cases is to treat the people who are ill, and especially those people who are morbidly obese or who have significant underlying conditions.
The current lockdown in NSW is based on the fact that of those people tested, 1 in 35,700 was seriously ill (and probably because of significant pre-existing conditions). To lock down a state in perpetuity and enforce insane mask wearing and other requirements, based on a tiny fraction of the population being infected, and of that tiny fraction, only 1 in 35,700 being seriously ill, is the very definition of insanity. The people currently in charge of NSW are, at best, deranged.
18. Very many of the new COVID-19 cases around the world are actually caused by the mRNA vaccines. These vaccines are designed and intended to turn the victim’s body into a COVID-19 spike protein producing factory, in other words, a COVID-19 producing factory. Those spike proteins then get spread to other people.
The (still manageable) death toll in India spiked only after mass vaccinations started, because it was the vaccines that were causing the new COVID-19 cases, and it was most likely the vaccine induced hyper-allergic responses that were causing the deaths.
In contrast, Mexico has significantly reduced COVID-19 related deaths, through the widespread use of Ivermectin as a treatment. With Ivermectin and the other safe and effective therapeutics, no vaccinations would be required, even if the vaccines were safe (they are not) and even if the vaccines were effective at preventing infection and spread (they are not, and even the Prime Minister admits that).
The vaccinations must stop immediately, a rational response based on the real risk must be finally implemented, the scare must stop, and the effective therapeutics must be used, and the public must be told these scientific facts, not subject to the political scare.
19. The Government and Air New Zealand have co-operated to create the most dangerous possible flying experience in the presence of COVID-19. Planes do have or soon will have many vaccinated crew and passengers on board, all of them shedding COVID-19 spike proteins to infect the sensible unvaccinated crew members and passengers, while vaccinated pilots in the cockpit are at risk of vaccine induced strokes or other sudden injury, with everyone at risk of getting dangerously sick from the masks they are forced to wear. Immediately, ‘safe flights’ must be instigated, in which only unvaccinated pilots, cabin crew and passengers are allowed on board, with no masks to be worn, with the planes serviced by unvaccinated ground crew, to produce the safest flying environment, both physically and mentally.
A flying environment free of COVID-19 spike protein shedding, mask related diseases, hysteria and paranoia.
Vaccination of the remaining sensible pilots and cabin crew must be prevented immediately.
20. New COVID-19 variants are irrelevant, and they represent a significant increase in risk only to the already vaccinated. All corona viruses become more contagious but less dangerous as they mutate – they want to be in as many hosts as possible, and they can’t do that if they are too virulent.
The Delta variant represents a reduction in the already small risk of serious injury and death to otherwise healthy people, compared to the Alpha variant, except for those who have already been vaccinated. The vaccinated are between 4 and 10 times more likely to die or be hospitalised from the Delta variant than the unvaccinated. That is the science and those are the facts. The ‘Delta scaremongering’ must stop.
21. If the apparent ‘COVID-19’ death toll starts to rise, it will not be because of the virus itself, but because of the vaccinations, which generate the spike proteins as well as cause the injuries resulting in death. A rising death toll will not require more vaccinations. Rather, it will require the vaccinations to stop because it will be the vaccinations that are causing the increased death toll.
22. Corona viruses are very common, and cause about 20% of colds. Once they are out in the general population, they cannot be eliminated. Attempts to eliminate COVID-19, especially through never ending alerts, lockdowns and restrictions cannot be justified in any way whatsoever – the science and known facts prove this to a certainty.
Given the very low infection fatality rate for COVID-19, the known at-risk groups, and the availability of excellent affordable therapeutics, the tracking, the lockdowns, the alert levels, the masks, the scares, the social distancing, the vaccinations, the propaganda must all stop.
Even with all of the false positives, the false attributions of death, the counter-productive government actions and the suppression of effective therapeutics, the COVID-19 death toll in countries of our type has been no worse or little worse than that caused by seasonal flu.
The only scientifically justifiable approach, consistent with our constitutional arrangements, rights and freedoms, is to get those who are ill to voluntarily self-isolate as they should with a cold or the flu, and for those who are truly sick with COVID-19 to be treated with the excellent available therapeutics.
COVID-19 is essentially a(genetically engineered)cold virus, the effects of which can be treated successfully if need be, a virus that has already proven to be little or no worse than seasonal flu. The utterly arbitrary and irrational repressive official response must stop.
The ongoing state of emergency is unlawful, because it is based on now provable lies. The curtailment of our centuries old rights and freedoms must stop. Why do National and Act MPs sit idly by, and allow this unjustifiable suppression of our basic human rights to continue, given the obvious and proven facts regarding the low risk of death or serious injury from COVID-19 itself for the vast majority of the population?
23. If vaccines work, then the vaccinated will be safe, and the unvaccinated cannot harm the vaccinated. The unvaccinated cannot overwhelm the health system, because only certain specific groups are at risk, and they can be quickly and effectively treated with safe, reliable therapeutics. Therefore, there is no medical, scientific, economic, moral or legal reason for those who do not want to be vaccinated with these dangerous vaccines to be pressured, coerced or forced to be vaccinated.
24. In addition to the children, the young, and the fit and healthy older people who are at near zero risk of dangerous harm from COVID-19, the people who have already been exposed to COVID-19 and who have developed natural immunity not only do not have to be vaccinated, they should not be vaccinated. Their natural immunity is far stronger and reliable than any vaccine, and it is in general not wise to give a vaccine to a person with natural immunity. For example, you do not give a smallpox vaccine to a dairy farmer who has had cowpox. The reaction is likely to be extremely bad, if not fatal.
25. This is the first time in history that during a ‘pandemic’, it was the healthy population that had to be quarantined. Why?
This is the first time in history that proven effective therapeutics have been suppressed. Why?
26. The three fundamental principles of medicine and medical science are:
(i) Doctors must do no harm.
(ii) People have a right to informed consent.
(iii) People have a right to decline a medical treatment.
Except for forced sterilisation under the ‘progressive’ eugenics agenda and the Nazi regime, and the use of medical and psychiatric torture in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Communist China and other ‘progressive’ communist eutopias, the COVID-19 hysteria and the COVID-19 vaccinations represent the first time in modern history that these fundamental medical principles have been violated. Why have they been violated, when the risk of death or serious injury from COVID-19 is very, very small, except for a small percentage of the population with readily identifiable pre-existing comorbidities?
27. The vaccines are far worse than the COVID-19 itself, and for young people and children the vaccines pose the only real risk. An horrific risk.
The vaccines don’t prevent infection, they don’t prevent spread, and they cause terrible side effects and death at unacceptable and increasing levels.
To promote, then pressure, then demand vaccination with such toxic and lethal vaccines, for a virus with a real death toll little worse than yearly influenza, is completely unjustifiable and unlawful.
If the intent is to protect people and their health, the established science demands that the COVID-19 vaccinations must stop now, never to be resumed.
28. As I am just completing this e-mail, I learn that 5 Texan Democrats who were in Washington DC, in part to meet the Vice-President, came down with COVID-19 despite them being fully vaccinated!
And I learn that the UK’s Chief Science Advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance, just publicly stated that 60% (later downrated to 40%) of recent UK COVID-19 hospital admissions were for people who were fully vaccinated.