TV presenter Andrew Bolt harasses the New Zealand government and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, saying they ‘curry favor’ on China. Video / Sky News
Renowned Australian broadcaster Andrew Bolt accused New Zealand and its Government of “insulting” Australia, in live rant for seven minutes on television.
This comes after New Zealand was not on the list of countries raising concerns over the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Covid-19 origin report.
The WHO released a report on Tuesday on the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its transmission in China, which is based in Wuhan, before it spread globally.
In May last year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the government supported calls to evaluate the origins of Covid-19, but did not want to see it turn into a witch hunt.
The virus has so far infected more than 128 million people worldwide and killed nearly 3 million.
Bolt described the New Zealand government as “currying” the Chinese by remaining silent about their concerns.
“Why are they letting Australia depend on the wind? Why don’t they support us in a very serious confrontation with the Chinese dictatorship?
“This is actually New Zealand’s assessment of Australia.
“This is New Zealand which is siphoning off China’s dictatorship.
“May I ask what New Zealand has done while Australia is being punished for defending freedoms, which includes New Zealand’s? New Zealand sold us.”
Bolt said it was part of a “shameful” pattern in which New Zealand did little to confront China while Australia was punished by Beijing for calling it out for Covid-19, its actions in Hong Kong and the treatment of Uighurs.
However, it was only on Wednesday that Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta expressed her concern about electoral changes.
“Aotearoa New Zealand is very concerned about passing China’s electoral changes to #HongKong. The changes are inconsistent with the Sino-British Joint Declaration & will further erode the # Hong Kong democratic institutions and freedom of speech and association,” tweeted Mahuta.
Last month, Ardern said relations between New Zealand and Australia remained strong despite fears of friction between the transtasy nations.
He said relations between himself and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison were “very good” and they worked together frequently.