Unfortunately the event was hijacked at the last minute by a couple of amateur "activists", Billy McKee (convicted recently of supplying large amounts of cannabis to undercover police) and Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati (local political prostitute, formerly a Maori party hanger on, now representing the Mana party - who need to up their game if they want to be taken seriously). This resulted in attendees being subject to this woman's interminable verbal drivel as she monopolised the microphone and monotonised the crowd with her boring, narcissistic political grandstanding. Another result of the bullying of her and her 'supporters' was that the crowd was deprived of hearing from other speakers, including the EQC blogger, Marc Krieger, whose address to the protestors is printed below:
"My name is Marc Krieger and I am the EQC Truths blogger. I too have been a victim of illegal government surveillance because of my willingness to expose official corruption and lawbreaking at EQC. The New Zealand government illegally spied on me and found out that I was the blogger who exposed EQC’s incompetence, nepotism, and corruption through the EQC Truths blog.
I am unable to be present today in body, but I join you in spirit. The New Zealand government holds itself to the world as a beacon of transparency yet, in actuality, the government is a bastion of darkness. The New Zealand government breaks its own laws by spying on its own citizens.
Now the New Zealand government is trying to legalise in law what it has already sanctioned in practice. The only way to stop the government is if we stand up together and unite. Governments only get away with things because of the silent majority that fails to speak out and hold its leaders accountable. To paraphrase FDR, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”.
Many of us make the mistake of believing that governments are innately benevolent. Yet governments are responsible for the most heinous atrocities including the mass murder of millions. The reason governments got away with murder is that they gradually and incrementally usurped the rights of the people because the people were too lazy or terrified to stand up.
In a small country like New Zealand, the opportunity remains for people to stand up and fight. My message to all of you is to stand together to defeat this evil. Otherwise, New Zealand will go down the slippery road to absolutely tyranny."
- Mr Krieger and myself were prevented from speaking, and the group who had prepared the skit about Key and Banks tea party and the fuss Key made about being spied on by a journalist (Bradley Ambrose) - who Key and Banks had invited to report on the tea party in order to manipulate the election protest and buy media attention. The point of the skit was to show the crowd that charges must be laid against Key and others for spying illegally on 88 New Zealanders and other criminal actions for which they are legally culpable! - Not to mention the hypocrisy and blatant double standards of all involved to date! Instead, the crowd were told at the last minute (after APT had made her malicious complaints to facebook and blocked me from commenting and posting) that the skit was cancelled and been replaced on the order of ceremonies with "a surprise activity" which turned out to be her rapturously clutching a naked effigy of Peter Dunne and mumbling more incoherent nonsense!
Here are a couple of video clips showing the numbers of the crowd, as well as demonstrating the boring and aimless rant of APT, and some screenshots showing the disgust of other independent witnesses - people following the event on facebook were well aware of the development of the attempts by these two to hijack the event and gain control of it for their own personal and political agenda.
The GCSB Bill will not pass all the way through Parliament this week as had been hoped by the Government.
The Bill is now in its committee stages, where members of parliament are debating it clause by clause.
The National party and their supporters have been trying to rush this Bill through at every opportunity and prevented the committee from hearing from key submitters on the Bill such as Kim Dotcom, one of the 88 New Zealanders who the government has admitted illegally spying on - Transparency NZ believes there are considerably more than 88 and that the government has been engaging in wholesale collection of information - and DNA from the population for the benefit of foreign governments and corporate interests!
An urgent debate on the Fonterra contamination debacle has delayed the debate further. The Government will have to wait at least two weeks to pass the controversial legislation now, thanks to the tenacity of David Shearer, Russel Norman and other opposition MPs. The irony of Conman Key's insistence that the changes to the Bill are necessary to spy on Kiwi mum and dads in order to safeguard New Zealand's economic interests - while Fonterra are found to be mired in incompetence and corruption and seriously jeopardising our economic interests, and MoBIE allegedly didn't know about the botulism contamination for over three months.
Even more ironic is his Al Keyda scaremongering - the GCSB needs to spy on us all because there are terrorists everywhere in New Zealand and weapons of mass destruction - him and his mates are the harbingers of mass economic destruction and loss of human rights from what I can see . . .
Meanwhile - from the truth is stranger than fiction files - you couldn't make this stuff up - after changing his mind more times than fellow political prostitute Georgina Beyer and deciding to support the Bill, after the blatant blackmail and deceit regarding his emails with Andrea Vance, Peter Dunne has called Ariana and her seven supporters "irresponsible scum" for 'protesting' outside his house with a megaphone at eleven at night (- it's his neighbours I feel sorry for) saying that all New Zealanders have the right to privacy - how ironic. And how typical of APT and her seven mates. Preventing the very New Zealanders who have been spied on and the information used against them from being heard, and preventing the skit being performed, and preventing the protest being taken to the GCSB HQ on the 27th, in favour of a rambling monologue from a silly tart clutching a naked Peter Dunne doll and eight people making a noise outside some private residences one of which happens to be occupied by Peter Dunne - pathetic!