The highly anticipated Convoy 2022 NZ protest begins Sunday morning, 6 February. Could this be NZ’s biggest ever anti-government protest?
DTNZ spoke to one of the convoy’s organisers, Palmerston North man Jerome Smith-Pula. Organisers hope the convoy will bring New Zealanders together in peaceful protest against the government’s COVID policies and to promote the restoration of kiwi’s human rights. The protest ‘has nothing to do with vaccines, nor is it anti-vax. This is a spiritual battle’, for the soul of New Zealand.
‘We are saving New Zealand for the next generation,’ he said.
The focus of the protest is set out in its Mission Statement, which contains five points:
- Stop all mandates and end all COVID-19 imposed restrictions.
- Reverse COVID-19 introducted legislation and cease all proposed legislation.
- The immediate restoration of inalienable human rights.
- Medical professionals to follow the principles in the NZMA Code of Ethics.
- All media to have freedom without censorship.
Everyone is welcome to join the convoy – trucks, cars, tractors and bikes.
There are two convoys – one in the North Island, one in the South Island, but within each island there’s different routes to ensure as much of the population has a chance to join as possible.
North Island Itinerary:
Sunday 6 February: Departs Cape Reinga at 6.30am, Whangarei, Mercer. Overnight in Hamilton.
Monday 7 February: From Hamilton, the convoy will split to travel down the east and west coasts of the North Island.
- East Coast Route: Departs Hamilton at 6.30am, Cambridge, Putaruru, Tokoroa, Taupo, Napier, Hastings, Dannevirke, Woodville, Palmerston North.
- West Coast Route: Departs Hamilton at 6.30am, Te Awamutu, Otorohanga, Te Kuiti, Awakino, New Plymouth, Hawera, Waverley, Wanganui, Palmerston North.
Both routes to meet in Palmerston North, with final drive to Wellington together.
South Island Itinerary:
Sunday 6 February: Departs Bluff at 6.30am, Invercargill, Gore, Dunedin, Oamaru, Timaru, Ashburton. Overnight in Christchurch.
Monday 7 February:
- East Coast Route: Departs Christchurch at 6.30am, Kaikoura, Blenheim, Picton.
- West Coast Route: Departs Greymouth at 6.30am, Westport, Reefton, Murchison, Nelson, Blenheim, Picton.
The South Island convoy will converge on Picton, while the intended destination of the North Island Convoy is the streets and public spaces around parliament in downtown Wellington.
If you can’t be part of the convoy, organisers encourge the public to provide roadside support as they drive by your location.
Legacy mainstream media have ignored the protest at this early stage, following the playbook of their Canadian counterparts. But when the Canadian protest became too big to ignore they took a different approach – deceptively portraying it as a right-wing, racist movement, and even blaming ‘Russian interference’.
The potential for the convoy to capture the imagination of kiwis, as the Canadian one has for millions of people around the world is not lost on Smith-Pula. When asked abut how long the protest will be he said, ‘for as long as it takes’.
Following the convoy’s progress
DTNZ will be publishing regular articles on the convoy. You can also follow Convoy 2022 NZ on one of their social media channels for regular updates, or visit their website.
- Facebook: convoy 2022 nz
- TikTok: @nztruckies
- Telegram: convoy2022nz
- Instagram: convoy2022nz
- Twitter: convoy2022nz
The organisers have done an excellent job in mobilising the movement in such a short space of time, and bringing together separate convoy movements into a unified alliance.
Can the convoy be the spark that finally ignites all New Zealanders to wake up and take action to protect their rights and freedoms today and those of their children in the future? One thing is for sure, many will be hoping it will change the momentum up a gear as the COVID narrative loses credibility with each day.