The verdict was passed down today on the Civil Rights activists in the Auckland District Court following a judge-alone trial.
Sentencing will take place on 30 March 2023. Te Kahika confirmed to DTNZ that he is considering lodging an appeal.
Te Kahika and Eastwood were both charged with organising and attending a gathering to protest lockdowns on 18 August 2021.
Eastwood wrote on his Telegram channel:
‘We’re very disappointed in the result but we hope this will wake people up to the reality that the government has now officially thrown out the bill of rights, welcome to the new reality.
‘Thanks so much to everyone in the truth community and alternative media for showing up to support us during this difficult time and highlighting the great threat this result poses to the freedoms of all kiwis… God bless you and indeed…God help is all.’
Te Kahika also expressed his disappointent in an email to supporters:
‘The right to peaceful assembly for protest is meant to be protected by the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 sections 14 and 16 and also as protection against Government overreach.
‘It is ironic that recently Jacinda Ardern loudly championed the rights of Iranian’s to peacefully protest. These protests were crushed by Iranian Authorities. In great self righteousness, she condemned Iran’s Government for being undemocratic and totalitarian. And yet this very scenario has happened in New Zealand. As a community serving, God fearing and country loving person without convictions, I have been persecuted, prosecuted and criminalised by Ardern’s Government for peaceful protest against the harms they know were caused from lockdowns. These lockdowns prevented nothing, offered no benefit to our country, only causing massive almost immeasurable harm.’
He also recalled the tragic case of a 14 year old in his local community who took her life, likely due to lockdown anxiety.
In the final paragraph he lamented the fragmented nature of the New Zealand Freedom Movement, and called for calm heads and logical argument in the face of government tyranny:
‘With the ‘NZ freedom movement’ in disarray and without any semblance of calm and logical argument emanating from it, it seems that the Government now has a clear run at introducing tyranny at will without any sensible and meaningful resistance to it.’
Te Kahika’s highly anticipated documentary River of Lies: The New Zealand Scandemic is due for release early next year.