There was a heavy police presence as anti-government protesters led by Brian Tamaki encountered counter-protesters on their way to Parliament. Video / NZ Herald / Jed Bradley / Nick James / Vita Molyneux / Georgina Campbell
Brian Tamaki has announced a new umbrella political party called “Freedoms NZ”.
In an address at today’s anti-government demonstration in Parliament, Tamaki said three parties had joined the new party – the New Nation Party, Vision NZ and the Outdoors and Freedom Party. One of the parties was based in London and two had signed a memorandum of understanding.
Tamaki, who said he was not running for political office, encouraged other parties to join the “umbrella of hope”.
He cited the Democracy NZ party and the New Conservative Party, whose co-leader Ted Johnston is running for mayor of Auckland in October’s local elections.
The new parties would help ensure the closures and separation of vaccinations would never happen again, he said.
Vision NZ was created by the Tamakis and contested the 2020 general election where it only got 0.1% of the vote.
The New Nation Party believes in protecting the rights and freedoms of all New Zealanders and says New Zealand is “blindly handcuffed” to the United Nations and should leave the world body.
The party fielded a candidate, Andrew Hollis, in the Tauranga by-election in June. He got 260 votes.
In a statement, party leader Michael Jacomb said the umbrella party will ensure a formidable alternative force is available to serve all New Zealand people in next year’s general election.
“I am proud that a great organization like The (Tamakis’) Freedom and Rights Coalition recognizes that the policies, promises and principles of the NNP are the right ones to free New Zealanders from the undemocratic and centralized control currently imposed by this terrible government.”
Jacomb said his party will work with other parties to ensure disenfranchised people, who are so desperate for a political home, have a single, clear alternative to vote for in the next general election.
Party Secretary Melissa O’Hagan said: ‘For so long the general public has been calling on smaller parties to come together and I am proud that the NNP has been a major driving force in realizing this call for unity. .”
Sue Grey, an independent lawyer from Nelson and co-leader of the NZ Outdoors and Freedom Party, moved to Tauranga for the by-election where she came fourth with 1,030 votes.
It started as the NZ Outdoors Party but changed its name in April this year to the NZ Outdoors and Freedom Party after becoming active during the nationwide lockdown.
Party supporters claimed the 9/11 attacks were a false flag operation, promoted flat earth theories and denounced “mind control” and 5G technology.