Maori warriors are up in arms over an anti-vaccine protest in New Zealand.
Multiple war mourning haka groups have protested against a planned anti-vaccine rally, accusing the rally of propping up “anti-culturalism.”
More than 30,000 New Zealanders signed a petition on change.org asking health authorities to ban the anti-vaccine rally on Saturday. The crowd started in Wellington, and will march to the national parliament in Wellington at 1 p.m.
It is believed Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will announce the city has officially banned the anti-vaccine rally.
In response to the petition, deputy opposition leader Shane Jones, wrote that Wellington was the most educated city in New Zealand.
“It is grotesque and preposterous that the organisers of this rally would hijack the matai haka as an anti-scientific, yet uncontested, form of protest,” Jones wrote.
The activists say they don’t think the health authorities will be able to manage the anti-vaccine rally.
According to Dr. Robert Lang, a spokesperson for Wellington Regional Public Health, there have been no cases of measles in New Zealand since the start of January.
“Some doctors are firmly pro-vaccine, but in practice our guidelines are now almost completely aligned with national immunisation requirements,” Lang said.
The leaders of the Maori haka groups say that since the Maori and Pacific communities are the most vulnerable groups among New Zealand’s populations, this rally is harmful and adds more discrimination.
“We hope New Zealanders will stand up for their children’s futures and reject the calls to boycott and boycott the annual rally,” they wrote.
After new protocols were announced for the measles vaccine, Shane Jones started urging patients to boycott the vaccine.
Measles vaccination is currently offered free for all in New Zealand. However, to demonstrate public backlash against vaccinations, Jones said this year that Aucklandians will not see the weekend’s rally held in the city centre.