Erika Whittome is taking the Taupo Tennis Club, Tennis NZ and Sport NZ to court.
The claim was filed recently in the Taupo District Court and the story featured in an interview between Whittome and Liz Gunn of FreeNZ.
Whittome described the background to the case:
‘The background is that I was playing tennis at Taupo tennis club and there were announcements that people weren’t allowed to go in an use the toilets unless they had a vax pass. I decided that that was a pretty silly thing to be saying. It’s a health and safety issue to be able to use toilets, and also we’re not in Nazi Germany where we show our papers everywhere. Anyone should be able to use the toilets, and we’re not walking around showing passports, showing ID, to do things.
So, I continued to play at the tennis club and I continued to use the toilets when I needed to. Then I had a few people screaming at me, I had the President pushing me on the arm one time after using the toilets, and then eventually they terminated my membership. They went through a committee meeting and they decided to terminate my membership. So I filed this claim.
‘I also, during the process of continuing to play tennis and continuing to use the toilets, I started emailing them what was actually in the law – the Human Rights, that you can’t just discriminate against people.
‘I was concerned about the safety of this vaccine that everyone was taking. I emailed them the liability about this vaccine, and should there be any adverse events then they would be liable for that, and I sent that to the tennis club, and the tennis club said they were following direction from Tennis New Zealand. So I emailed the CEO of Tennis New Zealand and said ‘do you know you’re liable for this’, and they said ‘well we’re just following guidelines from Sport New Zealand.’
Whittome has prepared the case herself, with assistant from lawyers. She has started a Telegram channel named ‘NZ Sport For All‘ dedicated to supporting kiwis and their families who have suffered similar treatment from sporting bodies. A copy of the claim is available online to read.