Full text of Parliament Protest Press Release for 16 February 2022.
We are extremely disappointed that no response has yet been received from the government to our letter sent on Monday seeking an urgent meeting to open dialogue.
Multiple MPs, including government ministers, confirmed they had received the letter requesting such a meeting.
We have spoken with a highly experienced mediator who has offered to facilitate a mediation between us and the government on a pro bono basis. This was confirmed in writing to Government MPs today, with the mediator advising on his availability.
It is clear that the police now accept that the protest on Parliament grounds is lawful. On the traffic front, we have made significant progress moving vehicles in key locations in the CBD and any aggressive action by the police in this respect would be completely inappropriate. This is a sensitive situation but we are confident of a successful resolution.
We are in regular dialogue with the police, local businesses and Wellingtonians. Evidence of our progress can be heard in this news clip where the owner of the iconic backbencher pub Alistair Boyce speaks with broadcaster Kate Hawkesby.
We are encouraged that the Police Commissioner this morning correctly concurred with our statement that “mandates have been a common theme” to the protest action.
This communication summarises the views of the majority of groups present at Parliament:
- Convoy 2022 NZ
- Freedom Alliance
- New Zealand Doctors Speaking Out with Science
- Outdoors & Freedom Movement
- The Freedom and Rights Coalition
- The Hood NZ
- Voices for Freedom.
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