The petition was delivered to the House Clerk for presentation to Parliament today.
Petition organiser Aly Cook told supporters in an email the petition was sponsored into the House by ACT Party leader David Seymour at 2pm this afternoon.
The Petition requests the House of Representatives call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccine use in New Zealand.
The petition was referred to the Petitions Committee by the Speaker, Hansard confirmed.
‘I will now prepare my written submission to the Petitions Committee and request the opportunity for an oral submission. Notice was short and [I] did not have time to arrange an official presentation. But I will be asking for an oral petition where some people can be invited to speak. There are no guarantees our government will do anything to help those injured, but I am proud and thankful for all of the 24119 people who signed the petition and all shared it. Thank you,’ wrote Cook.
The Petitions Committee will now publish a report to Parliament, or ask a specialist subject committee or a Minister to do so. In its report, the committee can make recommendations to the Government about law or policy changes it wishes to see, or actions it believes the Government should take, in response to the matters raised by the petition.