Petition of Greg Rzesniowiecki:
Published date: 23 Nov 2021
That the House of Representatives amend Section 5 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 by inserting “and subject to section 5A”, and insert a new section 5A: “Unjustified limitations” to say “None of sections 4, 5, 6 provide any justified limits on rights and freedoms contained in sections 8,9,10 and 11”.
The High Court ruled that, while concerns of bullying, harassment, and vilification of the unvaccinated and their family members may have foundation, vaccine mandates do not breach the NZ Bill of Rights Act. This ruling, which went against the plaintiffs, discussed section 5 of the Act, which says: “the rights and freedoms expressed in this Bill of Rights may be subject only to such reasonable limits prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society”.