Controversial activist Brett Power was arrested at Parliament Grounds outside the Beehive in Wellington after trying to deliver a sketchy red bag containing what is understood to have been a bogus anti-vaxx notice to arrest Health Minister Andrew Little over the effective life-saving Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Aotearoa New Zealand. Before he could step foot on the steps of Parliament, authorities took him away.
Power has a known presence and history of activism on various topics. In the past, he's been a popular attraction of mistruths within the anti-1080 poison community, creating false hope through failed High Court Cases to stop sodium fluoroacetate poison pellets from being aerially spread by helicopters across waterways of the country's dense forests inaccessible by foot.
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused much more trouble for him, spacing away from the podium of truth and official sources, to sharing far-right fake news publications from unaccredited media or unofficial sources that promote spread of bias views and falsehoods not aligned with reality.
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An example of Power's riddled beliefs was a post he shared to Facebook from right-leaning video site Rumble, alleging pro athletes' hearts were failing after taking the vaccine.
The views he aligns with are anti-vaxx driven opinion, not backed up fact. The post was fact-check flagged by PolitiFact detailing what he shared was entirely untrue.
“A video shared widely on social media flashes through dozens of news clips of athletes who reportedly collapsed and, in some cases, died of heart problems.”
“There is no evidence [the] vaccines led the athletes in the video to collapse. We reviewed the news reports mentioned in the video and spoke with a number of sports cardiologists, and we found the claim connecting the two is unfounded.”
Image: Supplied - Rumble
“The Police assaulted me while I was legally going up the steps of Parliament. I had every right to be there, the Police had no right to stop me going up,” he said.
“They took me around the corner. You know, roughed me up and put sh*t behind my arms.”
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Days before being arrested at Parliament, Power appeared on FreeNZ, interviewed by ex TVNZ Anchor and conspiracy theorist Liz Gunn, spouting unproven facts and spreading dis/misinformation about the government's response to the pandemic.
During the interview, he threatened to arrest political powerhouses. Text asking viewers to report ‘jab injuries' with a file number he obtained from Police was displayed.
If someone has had a reaction after vaccination, they should seek medical assistance by calling 111 if it is serious, or by making a report to CARM, which could be followed up as part of ongoing safety monitoring of the nationwide vaccine rollout — not with Police, or through someone with a driven anti-vaxx agenda.
Image: Brett Power and activist Mike Iles speak to each other about unverifiable 'leaked government documents' regarding testing of 1080 poison pellets in different water temperatures - Sam Hudson, thisquality
In 2020, Power and ex. Attica Project member now-activist Mike Iles invited Sam Hudson, thisquality editor and journalist, to cover and document a Case he was organising with the High Court against the Medical Officer of Health of Tarnaki. His main point was 1080 poison pellets dropped into the water by helicopter would not degrade in colder water temperatures as fast as in warmer water conditions.
A common belief with Power was that testing the 1080 pellets in water was ‘fraudulent' in line with PCR tests — widely used to determine if someone is positive for the Covid-19 virus.
“Over the period of thirty years enquiry shows disaster happening to our environment and those exposed to [1080 pellets] in water they are drinking. The general public who believe the government lies are totally oblivious to the corruption,” he wrote in a Facebook post in March 2021.
“No one tests for fluorocitrate, so that's an example of how the testing process everyone relies on can be such a complete lie but yet accepted by the oblivious people. Same for the Covid con. No one in the government has done due diligence on [1080 poison] or Covid”.
1080 pellets exposed to water dissolve and leach from the bait into soil. As it moves with water, it dilutes through the soil. Microorganisms in the soil help the pellets degrade, while bacteria in ground water and surface water break the pellets down.
Image: Brett Power showing activist Mike Iles a document claiming 70,000 hA of 1080 poison pellets can poison up to '6 million people' - Sam Hudson, thisquality
The Case to stop 1080 pellets being dropped into waterways was canned and chucked out the door due to Power's own personal bias and views that were not representing science.
Through this process, it is understood that he was evicted on February 26, 2021, from where he was residing in Taranaki, partially owned by his wife.
From 2019 to 2021, he was proceeding a private divorce Case with his wife.
Image: Premises in Taranaki that Brett Power was trespassed from - Sam Hudson, thisquality
Power's premises were taken over by a bailiff or constable on behalf of the District Court.
He was arrested twice within a year and held in cells for trespassing.
Judge Greig of New Plymouth District Court handled both Cases under private prosecution allegations from Power; both dismissed.
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In October 2021, Power directed hateful words “Sam the nazi” at Hudson after calling out protests led by Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki, who's associated with the Freedoms and Rights Coalition. Further calling for his arrest as the founder of thisquality in another post in November as part of a ‘Court action to stop [the] forced vaccination and mandates against jobs'.
“You will be the one taken to Court Sam the nazi. By the way a nazi is a person who subscribes to one source of information. Where is yours? You'll need it in Court,” he wrote.
“You are having your day in the sun, along with the other nazi media and government.”
People with questions about getting vaccinated or the vaccine itself are recommended to speak to their GP or with a trained vaccinator at a vaccination clinic.
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