Last week a Trademe seller put up his police Long Service Medal for auction, in protest at the actions of his/her former colleagues in ending the Parliament Protest on 2 March.
In the auction description the seller, Tatman, explained why he/she was selling the medal:
After 17 years dedicated frontline service in the New Zealand Police, my employment was terminated on 8th February 2022 as I would not submit [to] the vaccination mandate.
A successful judicial review has since found the mandate imposed was unlawful.
Today (Wednesday 2nd March 2022) I witnessed scenes at the WELLINGTON FREEDOM PROTEST via live feed.
What I saw disturbed me more than anything I have witnessed during my 17 years of service.
I am so ashamed.
This medal was awarded to me 3 years ago. It is has never been worn and no longer has any value to me, hence the $1 reserve.
Although my future is uncertain, I know my days of serving the community in this role are over.
Trademe pulled the auction on Friday afternoon (4 March), with four days left to run and a latest bid of around $3,000. When visiting the auction after this point the webpage said it had been ‘removed by an Administrator’.
DTNZ contacted Trademe to ask if they had removed the auction, and if so why.
Lisa Kerr, Trademe Head of Trust & Safety responded:
- Our priority is to protect our members and ensure they are not misled.
- Our team was actively monitoring the listing and when it became apparent that some of our members were using the Q&A to spread misinformation and feed a situation that was already volatile, we made the call to remove the listing from our site.
- We believe it is the best interest of our members not to allow our platform to be used in a way that promotes misinformation.
- That is why in October, we introduced a new policy to prevent the spread of misinformation and disinformation on our site relating to Covid-19.