‘A small group of determined and like-minded people can change the course of history.’ — Mahatma Gandhi
I watched the recent propaganda piece launched by mainstream media this week that attacked some of the key New Zealanders bravely standing up and speaking out in a country fast losing its democracy.
The founders of one group, Voices For Freedom, (VFF) were heavily targeted, as was Chantelle Baker, along with others. (This article focuses on correcting misleading allegations about VFF and also mentions Chantelle, who has since been interviewed).
The “documentary” was accompanied by sinister-sounding music and dark cinematography and was almost entirely comprised of innuendo, slurs and fanciful allegations rather than anything that even vaguely resembled an accurate portrayal of VFF. The three founders were compared with members of horrific groups of the past in a derogatory way, with no valid link, and inflammatory words were bandied about that were untrue and seemingly intended to encourage good people to fear any association with Voices For Freedom. The whole piece was created without seeking out another viewpoint about VFF or even giving the right of reply to those who were alleged to be “dangerous”, so misunderstandings and incorrect information could not be put straight.
The awkward thing about setting out to slur the actions of genuinely decent people is that it almost always fails, and typically results in the opposite of what the perpetrator is trying to achieve. This hit piece was no exception as the day after it aired the Voices For Freedom subscriptions shot up by 400%.
New Zealanders aren’t stupid. Those watching the show would have immediately realised that the basic journalistic requirement of getting both sides of a story was completely absent, so they flicked over to www.voicesforfreedom.co.nz to find out for themselves, liked what they saw, and signed up.
Just like that.
Chantelle Baker was interviewed on The Platform, a radio show that has refreshingly been set up so that the views of both sides of an issue can be heard. Sean Plunkett ‘interviewed’ Chantelle, although it did tend to sound more like a rather harsh take-no-quarter Plunkett interrogation, from which Chantelle emerged unscathed and triumphant. It ended in a challenge from Chantelle to one of the key creators of the Fire and Fury propaganda programme to join her on her podcast for a robust discussion. Sean, to his credit, was so impressed with Chantelle’s answers and composure that he invited her to become one of his presenters.
Couldn’t be better.
Understandably, the field has become muddied in the past few years as one dramatic crisis after another is dumped on the public, with the common denominator of fear running through each mainstream headline, until the average Kiwi could be forgiven for thinking that danger and catastrophe lurks in every corner.
During the first crazy year of lockdowns, mandates, and terror-fuelled headlines, Kiwis became increasingly isolated, confined to home for weeks on end and subjected to strident messages almost every 30 minutes to roll up for a free sausage, along with an experimental injection, touted as “safe and effective”, which is clearly not the case.
Kiwis, familiar with democracy, became very concerned when the leader of the ruling political party announced that the government was the “single source of truth”. In the experience of most, politicians over the years have been extremely economical about telling the truth, so that statement was met with widespread scepticism. There were attempts to claim that her statement was taken out of context because it was near the beginning of the panic, but no matter how one wishes to dress it up, the statement speaks more of chilling totalitarianism than healthy democracy.
Voices For Freedom (and other brave Kiwis) stepped into this space and exuded hope and a sense of calm. VFF did a great deal to help replace rumour, fear-on-steroids, and propaganda. One of the ways they did this was by accessing eminently qualified international experts who provided factual information and invited Kiwis to make up their own minds. These included, among many others, renowned cardiologist Dr Peter McCullough and eminent international lawyer, Reiner Fuellmich, Dr Ryan Cole, Prof Mattias Desmet, Dr Shankara Chetty, Dr Geert Vanden Bosche, RFK Junior, Dr Sucharit Bhakdi, Catherine Austin Fitts, and Zinzan and Ali Brooke – you can watch VFF interviews with all these exceptional people here.
‘The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.’ – Abraham Lincoln
Voices For Freedom was created by three entrepreneurial professional women, who are also mothers. After the terrible lockdowns, they strongly felt it was essential to help people find support in their local areas and assist each other through these unprecedented times. They sought to provide factual information from international experts in medicine, health, finance and a host of other relevant subjects, including how to be more self-sufficient, and to give Kiwis access to a wider variety of information other than the single narrative fed to them by government-funded mainstream media.
Their organisation, support and profile swiftly grew and they now appeal to well over 100,000 Kiwis who say they have not only befriended new people in their communities, shared the common bond of helping each other through the tough times and learned an enormous amount from each other and the international professionals interviewed each week on Freedom TV, but that VFF kept them going, kept them sane and kept them hopeful during some of their darkest days. The outpouring of love and support for VFF and everything it stands for, probably now by hundreds of thousands of Kiwis, cannot be easily overlooked.
The Fire and Fury piece portrayed the three founders of VFF as mothers with small businesses that involved knitting and crotchet and disturbingly compared them to Nazi women of the ruling political party in Germany (from 1933 to 1945) because both groups advocated healthy living.
Really? You’re a Nazi now if you advocate healthy living? That’s one hell of a stretch, even for mainstream media who have been paid-off by the government each year since the hysteria of “COVID-19” began.
If they had bothered to clarify, they would have discovered from the women and their website, which is quoted in-part here, that Claire Deeks has worked as a lawyer and patent attorney and owned a small business in the health sector. She created a food blog, which led to a NZ speaking tour and multiple appearances on TV and radio. She stood as a candidate in the 2020 elections. She is a devoted mother and a passionate advocate for children, health and freedoms.
Alia Bland has a background in primary school teaching, and has enviable expertise in problem-solving, conflict resolution, research and communicating complex subjects in an easy to understand manner online. She is a proven successful entrepreneur and well-versed in online workshops. Before VFF she had launched an international pattern design business that attracted 90,000 people. She has a passion for natural health, simple lifestyles, and planning for resilience.
Libby Jonson is qualified as a barrister and solicitor and has worked for leading companies in New Zealand and the UK. After having children, she trained as a breastfeeding counsellor and facilitated large groups here and in the UK for over seven years. She has over a decade of experience in the organisation and successful running of groups. She is also the founder of one of New Zealand’s largest and most loved online knitting communities and design businesses. Libby is of Jewish heritage, something the makers of the propaganda piece neglected to mention when they smeared the group with fascist insinuations.
The three women are a far cry then from the derogatory, patronising descriptions in the mainstream propaganda piece, and the viewer is left casting a questioning eye on the documentary makers and their motives.
The viewer was also invited to watch out for “dangerous” VFF members seeking to put themselves up for local body elections and alleging that those standing were advised to keep their affiliation with VFF secret. I understand that this has almost ratcheted up to something more like a witch-hunt for anyone with any feeling of support for VFF who is standing in local elections. Will prospective candidates also be required to mention if they are part of a boy scout group, Rotary, the Lions, the Freemasons, or any of the political parties?
The media got it wrong. Very wrong. And as there has been no right of reply in the documentary, or in the subsequent fear-creating headlines in newspapers throughout the country, they still have it wrong.
VFF has advised that they are not standing in the upcoming local body elections and therefore do not take responsibility for candidates who resonate with their stance and values. (This concept is not novel, as apparently the National Party works in a similar way. It is understood that National Party supporters or members are not permitted to identify with National on their nomination forms and do not stand under the Party umbrella.) Nor does VFF have the resources to screen any potential candidates from the Kiwis to whom they send mailouts, as they now number over 100,000.
VFF encourage Kiwis to participate and to exercise their democratic right to stand for local elections so they can effect positive change in their communities.
What a great way to become pro-actively involved. It helps locals to create a positive effect on local policy and gives them a voice to constructively help safeguard and protect democracy, themselves, their community and their country.
There are hundreds of thousands of Kiwis who are seriously concerned with the attempted swift erosion of our freedom in New Zealand, whether it be concern about medical freedom, private property rights, freedom of speech, the right to have access to our water, the right to retain our full ownership and control over our local body assets, paid for over many generations, without them being stolen from ratepayers, and the right to be treated equally.
There are a great many whose lives have been decimated by the sweeping powers of the COVID-19 Bill that included lockdowns for weeks, destroyed many businesses, mandated thousands out of work, sought to create two separate societies, and ostracized anyone who dared utter a word, or question, about the falsely alleged ‘universal panacea’ of an experimental injection of which not all the contents are known, and which Pfizer has a nine-page list of serious adverse events that is included in a New Zealand lawyer’s open letter to ministers of parliament. And as of 30 June 2022, Medsafe has listed 62,915 adverse events and yet it is still touted as “safe and effective”, which is a lie.
VFF were suggesting Kiwis become involved to effect change, to be better insulated from future significant government overreach by becoming “ungovernable”, meaning not entirely reliant on government, but instead, finding support in each other and their communities; establishing networks of local food and supplies, first-aid assistance, and other facilities. Overall, working to become more self-reliant and resilient, bringing back the best of the local Kiwi community.
A benevolent government would be well aware that its role is simply to represent the people and would surely welcome such an initiative. They would see enormous benefit in Kiwis enjoying an increased sense of well-being and becoming more self-sufficient wouldn’t they? If they don’t, then doesn’t that turn the microscope on those in parliament purporting to represent the people?
As a strong advocate for freedom of speech and upholding the New Zealand Bill of Rights, I’m off to seek out someone to vote for in the local body elections who reflects these values and the stated values and integrity of Voices For Freedom.
‘Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.’ – Robert F. Kennedy