Auckland, October 10, 2021
Former National Party and ACT leader Dr Don Brash has expressed his concern about the ‘scaremongering and ‘unsubstantiated blaming’ of gangs for the community spread of the Delta Virus.
“I am worried that gangs are being made the fall-guys for something that they have had no control over. We are told that gangs are responsible for spreading this virus. If that is true, the government should confirm it,” he said.
In a statement released today, he said that if there is evidence to prove, it must be shown.
“Otherwise, it is scaremongering and not helpful at all,” he said.
Workshop and Vaccination Camp
Dr Brash is the Treasurer of an education initiated by the Mongrel Mob Kingdom led by Sonny Fatupaito based in Hamilton.
He was speaking ahead of the Workshop and Pop-up Vaccination scheduled to be held at Hopuhopu on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Please read our story here.
October 16 has also been assigned by the New Zealand government as National Vaccination Day in its bid to achieve the target of 90% vaccination.
Dr Brash said that the Workshop was planned for August 20, 2021 but postponed because the country moved to Alert Level 4 from August 18, 2021.
The Covid virus impacted members of a Kingdom affiliate in South Auckland, but Sonny said that claims that the virus is now in the gangs in Waikato are false and unhelpful media speculation.
Reiterating that the focus is on the Workshop, Sonny said, “There is not, and we are working hard to keep it that way. As a leader I want to highlight how serious this disease is, and how we must prepare our families and communities for what is coming, as we have seen the impacts of Covid on our Kingdom members and families overseas.
Experts among speakers
The workshop will have the participation of indigenous health experts Dr Rawiri McKree Jansen of Te Ropu Whakakaupapa Uruta (National Maori Pandemic Group) and Associate Professor Collin Tukuitonga of Public Health Department, University of Auckland.
The Workshop will provide members and whanau accurate and relevant information to protect them from Covid-19, and an opportunity to question the experts, particularly around social media vaccine content.
It will also include a pop-up vaccination site for members wanting to vaccinate themselves and their whanau.