On August 18, 2020, every political party known to be contesting the 2020 general election was emailed inviting them to complete a questionnaire. (The emails were directed to the health spokesperson – or in cases in which an email for the health spokesperson could not be identified another party contact was emailed.)

This is the text that of that email:

Kia ora,

I hope this message finds you well.

The 5G-Free New Zealand Coalition has prepared a pre-election questionnaire on the 5G issue.

You are receiving this message because you are your party’s health spokesperson* and we consider the roll out of 5G technology without pre-market health and safety testing to be a serious health concern. (Our concerns are shared by many medical doctors, scientists and engineers around the world, such those who signed the petition at this link:  https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/the-appeal )

We would appreciate your completing this election questionnaire by August 25th and returning it to us via email.

The completed questionnaires will be made available to the supporters of the 5G-Free New Zealand campaign on our website www.5G.org.nz and also via relevant social media platforms.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the questionnaire (which is attached to this message).

Kind regards,

Michael Vaughan  

*If you are not the health spokesperson for your party, would you please forward this message to the correct person. Thank you.

The questionnaire may be downloaded below:

Only two responses were received by the original response deadline so it was extended and a reminder email (see below) was sent out on 21 September:

Kia ora,

This is a reminder that responses to the 5G-Free New Zealand Coalition’s 2020 Election Questionnaire were due by August 25, 2020.

(This questionnaire was emailed to you on August 11, with the subject line “TIME SENSITIVE: The 2020 Election Questionnaire from the 5G-Free New Zealand Coalition is attached”.) 

The questionnaire is attached to this email.

We have yet to receive a reply from your party and we would like to be able to include your party’s response on New Zealand’s 5G information website, www.5G.org.nz.

If you have replied to our questionnaire, please re-send the relevant message and I will reply to it so that you can be assured that it has been received.

If you have yet to complete the questionnaire, if you are able to do this by 5 PM on Monday September 28 we will be able to include it on the relevant post on our website.

(If you do not plan to complete the 5G-Free New Zealand Coalition Election questionnaire, please let me know and this information can be included on the relevant post on the website.) 

Thank you in advance for your response.

Kind regards,

Michael Vaughan

Responses to the questionnaire

Five parties responded to the questionnaire:

These are listed in order of responses received and the results are unedited except where a party representative’s typed email address has been removed.

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

One Party

TOP Party

TOP declined to address the questions. The party secretary instead replied to the reminder email as follows:

“Michael,

“As a Political Party advocating for quality researched and scientifically based policy we don’t engage with conspiracy theories like anti-5G, anti-vaccine, Covid Plandemic etc.

“Thanks

“Ray”

(In view of this response, it is worth noting that the 5G-Free New Zealand Coalition 2020 Election Questionnaire does not mention irrelevant topics such as vaccines or Covid-19.)

New Conservative party

The National Administrator for the New Conservative party sent the following email in response to the reminder:

Hi there,

We get so many of these things to do from all sorts of groups as I am sure you can understand. Almost a full-time job. We will not be filling out the questionnaire as we do not claim to know all there is to know about 5G and its potential dangers. What we would do is explained on a short 25 second video by our party leader on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYvHx-pIKK4&list=PLBFI7pvIPXt-vHfMJUBz5rSxlIejhGN85&index=1

Please make a statement based on that short comment.

Kind regards,

Kevin Stitt

ACT

The following response was received from Act in response to the reminder email from www.5G.org.nz:

Good morning Michael 

Thanks for getting in touch. Please accept our apologies for the delay in responding to you. We’ve received thousands of inquiries from the public and we’ve been working our way through as many of these as possible. 

We dont have a specific policy on 5G. 

ACT supports innovation and evolution in technology that will make us more productive and deliver better services. The 5G debate is reminiscent of the 3G debate in the early 2000’s and the mobile phone debate in the 80’s. We are always conscious about new data that will continue to come to light as use becomes more widespread and government agencies will consider these as part of their recommendations. We encourage you to keep bringing these issues to the attention of politicians and governmental bodies so that all available facts are on the table when decisions are being made. 

Yours sincerely 

“The ACT Party Policy Team

ACT Campaign Headquarters “

Parties in the current government

None of the parties that comprise the current (2018-2020) government (Labour, Greens and NZ First) answered the questionnaire.

Labour

An automated email response to the effect that the government’s work on the Covid-19 issue was causing delays in answering correspondence was the only response from Labour. We can safely assume that Labour is in favour of 5G given that it is the major party in the incumbent government and its previous Minister of Health stated that he had been informed that there were no health risks from 5G and refused to meet with visiting EMF scientist Prof. Dariusz Lesczcysnki.

NZ First

NZ First did not respond to the questionnaire but as they are part of the government and have not apparently done anything to try to stop 5G it seems a fair assumption NZ First is in favour of 5G.

Green party

While the Green party did not answer the questionnaire, it appears to be in favour of 5G as evidenced by the following link: https://www.5g.org.nz/2020/10/05/green-party-supports-5g-and-emr-pollution/

Parties that did not answer the questionnaire but do oppose 5G

There are several parties that did not answer the 5G Free New Zealand Coalition 2020 Election Questionnaire that nevertheless have either made public statements expressing concern about 5G and/or have a formal policy on 5G that embraces the precautionary principle or takes some other sensible approach to this untested technology (such as a moratorium on 5G pending proper safety testing).

These parties are listed below (in alphabetical order):

Advance NZ

Advance NZ’s 5G policy may be read at the link below:

https://www.advancenz.org.nz/5g_policy

Social Credit

Social Credit’s 5G policy may be read at the link below:

https://www.socialcredit.nz/5g

The Outdoors Party

The Outdoors Party’s 5G policy may be read at the link below:

https://www.outdoorsparty.co.nz/nz-outdoors-party-policy-on-5g/

Parties that did not answer the questionnaire but support 5G

National

No response of any type was received from the National party did not respond to the 5G Free New Zealand Coalition’s 2020 election questionnaire but it has been recently reported that part the National party’s tech policy includes “supporting the rollout of 5G”. See this link for details: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/09/nz-election-2020-national-reveals-plan-to-create-at-least-100-000-tech-jobs.html

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