Press Releases from November 2021

NEW ZEALAND, WE ARE ON THE EDGE OF AN EDUCATION CRISIS

First Press release - 8 November 2021

NEW ZEALAND TEACHERS TAKE THEIR CASE TO THE HIGH COURT THIS WEEK

Press Release 28th February 2022

NEW ZEALAND TEACHERS ARE LOOKING FOR A WIN IN HIGH COURT THIS WEEK

Press Release 2nd March 2022

 

NEW ZEALAND TEACHERS APPALLED THEIR CASE AGAINST THE MANDATING OF EDUCATIONAL STAFF WAS UNSUCCESSFUL

Press Release April 8th 2022

NZTSOS TO APPEAL Justice Cooke’s Ruling

Press Release May 11th 2022

NZTSOS Heads Back to Court

Press Release FEB 2023

NZTSOS Latest News

The decision on our historic appeal is still pending. We're expecting to get a ruling within the next four weeks. Or it could be longer. There is no way of telling how it will go, but we have reasons to be hopeful. Two weeks ago in the US, the Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, secured a victory in his lawsuit against the Biden Administration’s unlawful vaccine mandate for federal contractors. More about that here. Although this is a US situation it does indicate that victory in NZ is possible. 
 
Our legal team went over the estimate provided in March by about 50%. Despite their efforts, the preparation involved was more than anticipated. They have reduced their final invoice by $3,000 to better reflect their earlier estimate but it does mean we have an outstanding amount of $3,202.18  to pay. 
 
Could you help us by making a donation? If we win this case it will be because of your help. If we lose, you and I will know that we never gave up, and stood strong together defending our Human Rights. 

NZTSOS Latest News December 2023

Media Release: Teachers Celebrate Settlement With The Police But Still Wait For Ruling In Their Appeal Case

Teachers who lost their jobs because they were not “fully vaccinated by 1 January, 2022”  are encouraged by Monday's news that the Police have settled their personal grievance claims over staff treatment after Covid-19 vaccine refusals. 

 

“This is great news” says spokesperson Mike Shaw, “but it still remains that the teachers have been waiting since April to have a ruling on their case heard before the Court of Appeal. By all accounts, this is now “outstanding beyond a reasonable time.” 

 

New Zealand Teachers Speaking Out with Science (NZTSOS) are an incorporated society of over 1,200 educators who appealed the decision of Justice Francis Cooke. Justice Cooke determined last year that the mandates for educators to be vaccinated were “demonstrably justified”.

 

NZTSOS believe the Covid-19 vaccine mandates breached the Bill of Rights and believe that Justice Cooke simply “got it wrong” and took their case to the Court of Appeal in April 2023.

 

“The good reputation of New Zealand’s robust justice system is at risk, with this ruling now being outstanding beyond a reasonable time" says Mike Shaw. "Mandated out of a job educators have sustained loss of employment, reputation and suffered discrimination. They face further injury by having little hope for a timely and effective remedy and resolution of this breach of their human rights. We hope the ruling comes out early in the new year so redress can be sought.”

New Zealand’s new Government says it will carry out a “full scale, wide-ranging, independent inquiry” into how the Covid-19 pandemic was handled in Aotearoa. The National Party and New Zealand First coalition agreement document outlines that it will ensure “as a matter of urgency” that the inquiry is established and completed. NZTSOS hopes that this independent inquiry spotlights the injustice done to many in the education community.

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