Unrepentant Hannah Tamaki 'not taking vaccine'

Hannah Tamaki says she and her husband Brian have nothing to apologise for. Photo: RNZ
Hannah Tamaki says she and her husband Brian have nothing to apologise for. Photo: RNZ
An unrepentant Hannah Tamaki, who "escaped" Auckland with husband Brian on the eve of the latest Covid lockdown has attacked her critics and declared she will not be getting the vaccine.

The Destiny Church leader and aspiring politician this morning lashed back at critics who have lambasted the couple's decision to leave their home with just hours to spare before the city's borders were closed to curb the spread of the latest community outbreak in south Auckland.

She also revealed in a post on her official Facebook page that she is deliberately choosing not to take the vaccine when it is rolled out to the general public.

The Tamakis sparked outrage when it was revealed they hurriedly left Auckland for a speaking tour of their churches across New Zealand late on Saturday night.

They addressed a congregation in Rotorua on Sunday morning before heading to the South Island. They are due to speak in Invercargill this weekend and were spotted in Te Anau on Tuesday.

Their actions have drawn widespread criticism, including from Covid Response Minister Chris Hipkins who yesterday called then  "completely irresponsible".

But in a Facebook post this morning, the Vision NZ leader said the couple had nothing to apologise for, and rather, the media should be filled with remorse.

"We are not the ones to say sorry. The media need to apologise to our people, calling them poor and less intelligent and need to have the covid vaccine.

"Everything in life is a choice. Make sure you choose for yourself, not be talked into something you are not happy to do.

"I'm not taking the vaccine. That's my choice."

In an earlier post, she said racism was "alive and obvious in New Zealand".

She said of the thousands that left Auckland before Sunday's 6am curfew the media were choosing to focus on her household.

"Out of 9000 cars that left Auckland the only [one] mentioned is the one the media love to invoke the public to hate. Talked to a lawyer that left also. Hello. Not law breakers and covid free. Too much hate in this nation of god-loving people."

Destiny Church has been approached for comment.

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