Now repealed, the amended Covid-19 Public Health Response Bill basically nullified many aspects of NZ’s Bill of Rights

Note: I withdrew an earlier post on this topic, as Martin Harris from Uncensored kindly corrected me on the fact that the Bill had been repealed. However, I am reposting the item in revised form for the following reasons

At the time this amendment passed in Parliament there was great consternation (and understandably) about our impending loss of freedoms. Although, as pointed out, it has now been repealed, I do not see this as now history.

A few months back we posted an article on bomb scares in NZ schools, several in fact, that alluded to the powers of the Department of Education in such an event & I quote:

If a disease is classified as notifiable, this means health practitioners and laboratories are required to notify Medical Officers of Health of cases of a notifiable disease.

Medical Officers of Health then have powers to manage the disease on a case-by-case basis, including the ability to:

  • formally initiate contact tracing of contacts of cases of coronavirus
  • issue mandatory directions such as restricting movement and travel
  • apply for court orders such as for treatment
  • issue administrative 72-hour detention orders (urgent public health orders).

If you read the article you will see that indeed parents were separated from their children, one parent marched off school grounds by law enforcement.

Another item of interest that floats on the periphery is that of advertisements seen in May/June this year by NZSIS for surveillance officers and more recently in November, for contact tracers.

In light of the above plus other developments at G20 around the introduction of vaccine passports, I consider it pertinent to be very watchful.

Below is the original piece posted earlier, including Martin Harris’s information on the repeal of the amendment:


The COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill (read it and check for yourself) gives the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern the power to decide when the new rules must …

Martin Harris wrote: “The bill is repealed two years following its enactment and this has already been enabled, thus it is no longer in effect.
Part 1
Preliminary provisions
3 Repeal of this Act
This Act is repealed on the earlier of—
(a) the date that is 2 years after the date of its commencement; and
(b) a date appointed by the Governor-General by Order in Council.”

Read it for yourself:
https://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2020/0246/latest/LMS344138.html

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