Anti-warrant doctor running for Wellington City Council

Dr Ate Moala outside Parliament on the day of a Freedom & Rights Coalition protest in 2021.

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Dr Ate Moala outside Parliament on the day of a Freedom & Rights Coalition protest in 2021.

Dr Ate Moala, a candidate for Wellington City Council, has links to anti-mandate groups, the Freedom & Rights Coalition and New Zealand Doctors Speaking Out with Science (NZDSOS).

Moala, who is a licensed physician, is running for a seat in the Paekawakawa/South Ward. Her candidate statement says she is a public health expert, who “hates bad decision-making that violates people’s health, rights and freedoms.”

Behind this focus on health and rights is the fact that Moala protested during the Freedom & Rights Coalition’s anti-government marches against Covid-19 lockdowns.

Moala was approached by email to comment on her stance on Covid-19 vaccination. She replied that she could not comment this week because she had a very busy schedule and was having a birthday party.

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She did not respond to further questions about whether she was involved in the NZDSOS.

Dr Ate Moala, candidate for Wellington City Council, submits a submission to the Health Select Committee in opposition to the Covid-19 response.

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Dr Ate Moala, candidate for Wellington City Council, submits a submission to the Health Select Committee in opposition to the Covid-19 response.

A written submission from Moala’s charitable trust, Pacific Child, Youth and Family Integrated Care Trust (PACYFIC), is spreading conspiracy theories about the Pfizer vaccine. Moala is the chairman of the trust.

Speaking to the health select committee on PACYFIC’s submission in November last year, Moala said she fully agreed with NZDSOS’ submission on the bill.

NZDSOS is a conspiracy group led by Dr Matt Shelton, and frequently claims the government is hiding the truth about Covid-19. Doctors involved in the network provided invalid “vaccine exemption” letters in an effort to help people avoid the vaccine.

The NZDSOS submission claimed the threat of Covid-19 was “severely exaggerated”.

Moala speaking against the End of Life Choice Bill in Parliament in 2019.

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Moala speaking against the End of Life Choice Bill in Parliament in 2019.

In Moala’s oral submission for PACYFIC, she said doctors were gagged from speaking out and compared the Covid-19 response to life in “communist China”. PACYFIC’s written submission compares New Zealand to Nazi Germany.

On Facebook, Moala sometimes tags Destiny Church leaders Brian and Hannah Tamaki in his Freedom & Rights Coalition Facebook posts.

Video shows her dancing in Te Ngākau Civic Square on October 2, 2021 for a Freedom & Rights Coalition march from central Wellington to Parliament, the same day Brian Tamaki staged his anti-lockdown protest in Auckland .

It is not known whether Moala participated in the anti-mandate occupation in February and March, but her social media posts show that she supported it.

Posting a photo of the fountain in Oriental Bay on March 26, she wrote: “Death blow to stupid mandates – but far too late. A moronic Prime Minister and MPs who have never come out ONCE to acknowledge the freedom marches in Parliament.

In February, she shared a positive blog post about the occupation, saying it showed “the faces of freedom fighters in parliament”.

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