The Prime Minister says she rejects any suggestions that Covid-19 is part of a conspiracy after being asked to respond to the questionable views held by a newly formed political alliance announced over the weekend.
Former National Party MP Jami-Lee Ross’ Advance NZ Party merged with the New Zealand Public Party (NZPP) before launching their campaign in Auckland yesterday.
Leader of the NZPP, Billy Te Kahika, told 1 NEWS yesterday the first priority of the coalition would be to repeal the Government’s Covid-19 Response Bill.
Today, Jacinda Ardern was asked by a reporter about her views on the ‘wisdom’ of public discussion generated by the NZPP following its stance against the Bill and the Government’s response to Covid-19.
“I think any suggestion that New Zealanders should not take Covid-19 seriously, any suggestion that people should be wary of life-saving vaccination, any suggestion that Covid somehow is part of a conspiracy, yes I push hard against very strongly,” she said.
One of the top priorities of the new alliance announced yesterday was to “restore democracy” to New Zealand.
Today,Ms Ardern said that “by-in-large” her comments against the conspiracy theory movement would also be shared by “the democracy here in Parliament as well".
She said that the Government was evidence-based and made its decisions on research, science and evidence.
“And all of the decisions have been made in the best interests of looking after the health and well-being of New Zealanders,” she said.
“We live in an internet age and a social-media age where conspiracy theories, which have always existed, flow more easily and freely. But again, I would just encourage people to feel assured we use a strong evidence base in everything we do."