Which NZ politicians have come out in support of free speech?

New Zealand politicians who have supported free speech for everyone (including those whose views they disagree with.)

NZ First leader and Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters.

During a press conference today, he said if it were up to him he would have let the Canadian pair talk, after Auckland Mayor Phil Goff?said he would not let any Auckland Council venue to be used by them. […]

The Acting Prime Minister said “despite the fact that what they might have to say is a very antithesis of what nearly all of us believe here, we still believe in their freedom and their right to express it in free speech.”

He said if it had been up to him, “we’d have allowed them to come on the basis of free speech”.
“We should be very careful who we expel on that cause because the downstream historically record on that has been just disastrous,” Mr Peters said.

Act leader David Seymour

ACT leader David Seymour.

To borrow a Canadian expression,?these two are nuttier than squirrel poo, and I don?t really want to pay council rates to give them a venue.

However, if I am going to have to fund venues for political speeches, then I don?t want the council censoring what is said at those venues according to the political fashion of the day. I want to fund venues that host an open contest of ideas without political censorship.

It would be different if the pair were actively inciting violence, but so far as I can tell they are not.?A free society needs provocative people even if not many people agree with them, so?Phil Goff?got this wrong. They should be allowed to speak at the Bruce Mason Centre.

Chris Penk

National MP Chris Penk

My view is that they?ve been blocked on spurious grounds. Parliament recently voted unanimously to end blasphemous libel laws but this decision flies in the face of that.

MP Judith Collins

National MP Judith Collins

As someone married to a Samoan, I am perfectly happy to say that the most racist comments I have received are from the Far Left in New Zealand. Free speech has to be allowed for those we don?t agree with or else it means nothing.

No idea how Phil Goff has the authority to ban free- speech.

Elliot Ikilei – New Conservative Deputy Leader

New Conservative Deputy Leader Elliot Ikilei

Listen to the radio interview here where he strongly defends Lauren Southern from the slurs and defamation levelled?at?her by Radio Live’s Wendyl Nissen.

New Zealand politicians on the fence trying to hold opposing positions on free speech:

National leader Simon Bridges

National leader Simon Bridges

Simon Bridges says banning far-right speakers from coming to New Zealand a step too far
Mr Bridges said while he does “disagree strongly” with the views of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, “freedom of speech matters”.

Mr Bridges, speaking this morning to TVNZ 1’s Breakfast programme, said Mr Goff was “entitled” to ban them from the venues, but that banning them from entering New Zealand would be too far.
I disagree strongly with what these activists are saying but I think it’s a dangerous thing to say “because we don’t like what you’re saying we won’t let you in,” Mr Bridges said.
“I can see how he’s made his decision, but I wouldn’t have banned them from coming to New Zealand. “I think we should allow people we strongly disagree with to come – we’re a mature, liberal democracy.”

NZ politicians who have NOT supported Free speech for everyone (including those whose views they disagree with)

Phil ‘fascist’ Goff Credit: Rick H

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff

Auckland Council venues shouldn’t be used to stir up ethnic or religious tensions. Views that divide rather than unite are repugnant and I have made my views on this very clear. Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux will not be speaking at any Council venues.

Let me be very clear, the right to free speech does not mean the right to be provided with an Auckland Council platform for that speech.


Green co-leader Marama Davidson

Good to use our freedom of speech to say your racist bigoted views aren’t going to be catered for here. Thanks Phil. These two can get out.

Golriz Ghahraman | Newshub

Golriz Ghahraman

Freedom of speech, like most rights, is not absolute. It’s subject to the rights of others, to safety, freedom, equality. Our government must balance the right of right wing hate mongers against the greater interests of public safety in New Zealand. Just as Australia has done in denying their visas.

Three New Zealand organisations that have come out AGAINST free speech for everyone include:

One newly launched New Zealand organisation?is defending free speech:

Supporters of the group include:

Dr. Michael Bassett – Former Labour Party Minister
Dr. Don Brash – Former leader of the National and Act Parties, and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Ashley Church – Business Leader
Dr. David Cumin – Senior Lecturer University of Auckland
Melissa Derby – University of Canterbury Academic
Stephen Franks – Lawyer
Paul Moon – Historian and a Professor, Auckland University of Technology
Lindsay Perigo – Broadcaster
Rachel Poulain – Writer
Chris Trotter – Political Commentator
Jordan Williams – Lawyer

A crowd funding campaign has been launched to raise money to bring judicial review proceedings against Phil Goff and Auckland Council for their banning of speakers Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern at Council-owned venues.

A ‘Free Speech Coalition’ will collect funds for the legal action, and return them if the fundraising target is not met. The Coalition has been advised that the cost of engaging lawyers and proceeding with urgent legal action will be approximately $50,000.

New Zealanders who value free speech can pledge money to this cause at www.freespeechcoalition.nz.

With a few emails over the weekend, a dozen donors have already pledged nearly $5,000. This positive response has given the Coalition the confidence to open the campaign to the general public.

A supporter of the Coalition, Melissa Derby, says, “Standing up for free speech means standing up for speech you and I may personally find repugnant. We do not endorse these particular speakers’ views, but the general principle that people should be able to share, and be exposed to, controversial ideas.”

“Banning a pair of populists that together have over a million Youtube subscribers sets an extraordinary low bar for state censorship.””

“Council facilities, paid for by the general public, should operate as common carriers for people of all political views. They should not discriminate based on the personal views of politicians, nor should their use be subject to the whims of those who would threaten violent protest.”

Chris Trotter, who is also supporting the effort, says, “We accept the case for blocking genuine hate speech, such as incitements of violence or other illegal activity. But curbing free debate under threat of disruption is neither desirable nor acceptable in a free and democratic society. Truth is not afraid of trigger-words. Truth does not need a safe space. Truth is not a snowflake. Truth can take the heat and most certainly should not be forced to vacate the kitchen in the face of a couple of Alt-Right populists and a politically-correct Mayor.”

You can support the Free Speech coalition here.