Peters was speaking at a public meeting in Hastings today.
NOTE: The Care of Children Act 2004 prohibits publication of particulars that may lead to the identification of Baby W.
New Zealand First Leader and Former Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters came out in support today for the parents of Baby W, whose right to choose was a ‘principle worth defending.’
The evergreen politician hit out at vaccine mandates and Andrea Vance, a senior journalist at state-subsidised legacy mainstream media outlet Stuff.co.nz.
He said those who had been mandated out of jobs should be reinstated with compensation.
Peters got stuck into Vance for not printing what he actually said in a statement about Baby Will’s blood transfusion, instead writing about ‘her views of it’. He also said he had texts proving Vance was involved in ‘leading’ state secrets via Peter Dunne.
Earlier this year DTNZ exposed Vance’s horrendously inaccurate hitpiece on Northland candidates standing under the Sovereign.nz banner.
Peters said the government lied to New Zealanders when Jacinda Ardern told the nation they wouldn’t get COVID if they got the vaccine, and the claim from the ‘Podium of Truth’ that you would not transmit the virus if you were jabbed was also false.
‘This court case [ie. Baby W] should never be happening, and is an utter waste of your taxpayer money. We have a health system acting now like they are the ‘Podium of Truth’ – the only truth comes from here, as if this is an exact science. And you’ve got a whole lot of people in the media whose job it is to be the Fouth Estate willingly going along with it.’
Speaking about Andrea Vance, Peters said, ‘This is an arrogant person who thinks that she knows what she’s talking about and hasn’t got the guts to actually print what I said about this baby – no just her views of it. And when you are someone who got caught leading state secrets via Peter Dunne and a Member of Parliament called Winston Peters says ‘I’ve found you, I’ve caught you out, I’ve got 86 texts from you proving what you’ve done’, of course you’re going to be bitter. But you were the one who got caught, Andrea Vance, not me. And if you think that I’m an anti-vaxxer because I’ve said this baby should’ve got the blood for an essential heart operation a long time ago, because the donor’s already there that’s not been vaccinated, then you don’t give a damn for reality, and you don’t give a damn for humility.
‘This baby if not given this blood, and if this carries on, could possibly die. And she says that I’m using it. No I’m not. And that’s why we went down to see the protesters at parliament – not to support some of the wreckers, but because there were thousands of good ordinary New Zealanders who were being mandated out of work. And when not one member of parliament, when the whole lot have all connived together to follow the Prime Minister’s injunction ‘Don’t Talk to Them’, I have never, in a democracy, ever seen that. And by the way, I’ve been in this game since 1978.
‘But they wouldn’t even talk to them. And we went down with my colleagues at the back there to talk to them, and you wouldn’t believe it – ‘what are you people doing talking to fellow New Zealanders?’ Ladies and Gentlemen, what’s happened to us, when parliament can agree not to talk to the people who pay their salaries?
‘And my message for you Andrea Vance is ‘Stand Back’ – I’ve got news for you and it’s all bad. She has contempt for people’s fundamental rights. She’s meant to be a trained journalist but doesn’t understand the first principles, that people at the time of getting an operation are entitled to be told ‘Look there may be a downside, you might get myocarditis, you might have something go wrong with you. The average is you’re going to be successful but you need to know,’ and every doctor knows what we’re saying here.
‘All totalitarian dictatorships have one feature – the government is right and cannot be questioned.
‘This is a sad example of just how dictatorial and self-righteous the government have allowed themselves to become in this country. You will recall how many New Zealanders were mandated out of jobs and careers?
‘Remember Fauci saying ‘If you take this COVID vaccination, you won’t get COVID. If you take this COVID vaccination, you won’t pass on COVID. Now, to people like Andrea Vance and a whole lot of these journalists, can’t you understand this is not a perfect science, and that he was wrong and so was Jacinda Ardern.
‘Just like the people before the court, that couple, have the right to question and to refuse, and it is a principle worth defending. They already have unvaccinated donors ready to give blood to accompany the heart operation their baby must have. How complication is this really? And what’s happened to us, when we all just sit by and let this go on.
‘Remember it was the Prime Minister who told you that if you got vaccinated you would not get COVID. If you got vaccinated you would not be a COVID transmitter. These lazy critics repeat her words and haven’t got the honesty to tell you that they have both been proven wrong and dramatically so.
One party has stood up Ladies and Gentlemen, for the people’s right to be informed and to make their own choices. We reject utterly the way so many people were mandated out of work and incomes by the ‘Podium of Truth’. It is our position that those who were mandated out of work due to the exercise of their freedom of choice, should be offered their jobs back and compensated.
‘The right to disagree is one of the most fundamental rights in a democracy, and we believe it’s a right worth defending.’
The full video of Peters’ speech is on the New Zealand First Facebook page.