Watch: Furious Dr Lance O'Sullivan asks why healthcare workers were at anti-vax film - 'It is incompatible for you to be here'

Dr Lance O'Sullivan has criticised healthcare workers who attended a screening of an anti-vaccination movie in Kaitaia last night.

The former NZer of the Year stunned guests by jumping on stage mid-film to explain why it was wrong – and dangerous. Source: Supplied

"Last night when I protested, there were members of the community there who serve and work in jobs, that are tax-payer funded jobs, that work with vulnerable children," the 2014 New Zealander of the year told 1 NEWS.

"I called them out and I said to them you should not be here, it is incompatible for you to be here and watching this movie... I'm really upset that there were people in that room, in that audience that shouldn't have been there."

The 2014 NZer of the year made the comments at a Kaitaia screening of the film Vaxxed Source: 1 NEWS

He's now speaking to his lawyer after he was continuously attacked online by anti-vaccination campaigners.

Dr O'Sullivan told 1 NEWS he has been labelled a "whore" of pharmaceutical companies and has been accused of taking money from drug companies due to his staunch advocating of vaccinations.

"I'm furious. Frustrating is an understatement. I am furious."

The campaigners have also attacked his disabled son online, who has muscular dystrophy.

"I can't believe they stooped this low."

* An earlier version of this story said Dr O'Sullivan criticised Northland District Health Board staff for attending the screening. But the DHB said he had referred to taxpayer-funded healthcare workers and that there are many of these who are not employed by the DHB.

Dr O'Sullivan says taxpayer-funded healthcare professionals had no place being at a screening of 'Vaxxed' in Kaitaia. Source: 1 NEWS

'This is an abhorrent and vicious attack on children' - PM sends condolences to victims of Manchester attack

Bill English has condemned the Manchester attack as an "abhorrent and vicious attack on children". 

Yesterday 22 people were killed after a suicide bomber detonated a device packed with metal fragments at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. 

"This is the last thing you’d expect to happen when you send your children off to entertainment," Mr English said. 

The PM says there is no evidence of heightened risk of attack in New Zealand surrounding the Lions tour, but any threats will be monitored. Source: 1 NEWS

The Prime Minister had signed the Condolences Book which contains messages for the UK government and the victim's families. 

He wrote that New Zealand opens it heart, and expressed the hope the deceased children rest in peace.

"I think all New Zealanders' hearts go out to the families," he said. 

He also wrote to British PM Theresa May this morning with his condolences. 

Mr English said there were no changes to New Zealand's current terror status, but the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade may be reviewing their travel advice after the UK increased their threat level to critical. 

Mr English signed the Condolence Book for the victim's families in Wellington today Source: 1 NEWS


SSC to investigate Ministry of Transport treatment of staff who blew whistle on Joanne Harrison

The State Services Commission is investigating the treatment of staff at the Ministry of Transport who raised concerns about the conduct of Joanne Harrison.

There has been public concern that staff raised issues about Ms Harrison's activities within the Ministry and subsequently lost their jobs in a restructure Ms Harrison was involved in.

In February, Ms Harrison was jailed for three and a half years for stealing $726,000.

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes says public servants must be able to raise concerns without fear of punishment or reprisal.

"If Public Servants raised genuine concerns through proper channels and were then disadvantaged in any way because of it, that would be completely unacceptable and something I view very seriously," he said.

This morning Mr Hughes met with former Ministry of Transport staff members to discuss how they were treated and what happened after they raised concerns about Ms Harrison’s activities.

"The Secretary of Transport set up an independent review process for current or former staff to raise concerns about their treatment by Ms Harrison, which is entirely appropriate and I commend him for taking action to look into concerns from staff," Mr Hughes said.

"However, given the public interest in this matter and the importance of Public Servants being able to raise concerns without fear, this process needs to have the independence of the State Services Commission and the powers of investigation under the State Sector Act," said Mr Hughes.

The investigation will assess whether any Ministry of Transport staff members were disadvantaged after they raised concerns and if they were, make recommendations for an appropriate remedy.

Sandi Beatie QSO will carry out the investigation supported by the State Services Commission’s Chief Legal Officer and other SSC staff as required.


Meanwhile, the Auditor General will be the subject of an urgent Parliamentary select committee.

Martin Matthews met with Parliament's speaker David Carter last night to discuss his handling of a fraud case at the Ministry of Transport.

Staffer Joanne Harrison was sentenced to three and a half years jail for stealing $726,000, under Mr Matthews' watch.

Harrison used fictitious invoices made out to three different entities, which had bank accounts in her name, and spent the money on personal credit cards and a Kiwibank home loan.

Labour MP Sue Moroney is concerned that Mr Matthews did not act when red flags were raised with him, while NZ First leader Winston Peters wants him to stand down.

The Offices of Parliament Committee, which signed off Mr Matthews appointment as Auditor General, will meet at 4pm today as the request of Labour leader Andrew Little.

A spokesman for Martin Matthews says he is aware of the recent claims and allegations about the decisions he made in relation to Joanne Harrison while Secretary for Transport.

"He regrets that these events took place under his watch and wishes he could have detected her criminal activity earlier."

The statement says Mr Matthews stands by the decisions he made, because "they were based on information available at the time".

There are now claims staff were made redundant after they raised concerns about her conduct. Source: 1 NEWS