New Zealand police and defence personnel no longer require Covid “vaccination” to keep their jobs, courtesy of a ruling by the country’s High Court:
The High Court has quashed the Covid-19 vaccine mandate for police and Defence Force staff.
The order required Defence Force personnel, and police constables, recruits and authorised officers to have two doses of the vaccine by 1 March, or face termination.
Fewer than 300 of the more than 31,000 staff affected by the mandate across the organisations remain unvaccinated.
On 6 January, three unvaccinated staff sought a judicial review of the mandate.
They were supported by affidavits from 37 of their colleagues in the same situation.
Justice Cooke today released his decision which upheld their claims the vaccination order breached their rights under the Bill of Rights Act.
While the judge did not accept some of the applicants’ arguments, he agreed the mandate infringed on section 11 and section 15 of the Act.
“The order limits the right to be free to refuse medical treatment recognised by the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act (including because of its limitation on people’s right to remain employed), and it limits the right to manifest religious beliefs for those who decline to be vaccinated because the vaccine has been tested on cells derived from a human foetus which is contrary to their religious beliefs,” Justice Cooke said…
…. the order made in the present case is nevertheless unlawful and is set aside.”
The applicants were awarded costs.
The Attorney-General David Parker has declined to comment on the decision or whether the government will appeal.
National Party leader Christopher Luxon said all police officers and defence personnel who lost their jobs over the Covid-19 vaccine mandates should be re-employed.
He said the ruling also had implications for vaccine mandates more generally, saying the mandates did make sense in the Omicron-era and should be phased out after the peak of the outbreak.
This is tremendous news for ordinary people globally who are fighting against the tyrannical vaccine mandates. It represents victory in a small battle on one front, but a win for NZ police is a win for all of us. We must continue to fight these mandates everywhere, and to hold accountable to justice those responsible for imposing them once they are all revoked.
The intriguing aspect will be how this affects the dynamic between freedom protesters who have blockaded the New Zealand parliament in recent weeks and the police sent to clear them. There have been brutal scenes of police violence against peaceful protesters.
#NZPolice hell bent to race to the bottom and smash any good will they have. Who threw the shit at them anyway? So many cameras and no one caught the footage. Guess another lie. pic.twitter.com/75my05pwrN
— OCN 🇦🇺 (@ozcrimenews) February 21, 2022
Tensions nearly boiled over, with a car narrowly avoiding hitting police officers in Wellington.
From Mana News Livestream. pic.twitter.com/D6UiQ7Rh47
— hamish mcneilly (@southernscoop) February 21, 2022
At future protests, New Zealand’s police will be tasked with beating up ordinary people protesting against a vacicine mandate from which they are now exempt. Will this diminish their zeal, or will they remain dedicated zogbots to the end?