One of New Zealand best known faces in the anti-covid fight, Dr Michael Baker, was booed and called a liar in Paraparaumu last night.
The anti-vax contingent among the 250 people attending the charity talk at the Southward museum was not large- perhaps 20 people and were not necessarily all together.
But Dr Baker told KIN he had never been booed at a public meeting before.
The booing started from the beginning when Kāpiti’s Mayor K Gurunathan introduced the speaker with reference to the covid measures from last year.
Dr Baker’s turn came when he referred to Donald Trump explaining how the New York Times rang him last year when Trump contracted the covid. At this point he was accused of politising the issue.
The meeting chair asked the heckler to wait for question time.
When Baker talked about New Zealand’s elimination strategy someone called him Mr Bullshit. This was followed by widespread clapping when someone asked the heckler to be quiet.
The Otago University epidemiologist had outlined the sequences last year which led to the complete lockdown in New Zealand and the steps taken since then.
In a second reference to the United states he used the figures which showed life expectancy has dropped in the USA since Covid, an unheard event in a modern first world country Minorities have been worst hit.
Baker asked if any koha given after the meeting could go to Fiji, the worst affected country in the world where Covid control was impeded by the Fiji government.
Life will be harder for humans
He also said that after covid climate change would be much harder on human life.
In question time, he was asked about the use of masks with the questioner saying an organisation called the Association of Scientists had said masks were no use at all. This question was greeted with some scattered clapping.
Someone wanted to know if mandatory vaccination was being considered. Baker said he did not advocate that. A reference to QR coding was also booed.
At the end, the question part of the meeting ended early after loud booing and injecting.
The booing and interjecting angered great majority of the audience, who were clearly there to hear the epidemiologist and to support a local charity the Kapiti, Housing Trust.