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Rick Southey, who wore robes and a wig in a mock trial, is the non-clinical director of a chain of health clinics.
The bogus judge who ‘convicted’ the government of crimes against humanity in a show trial during last week’s protest in Parliament is being scrutinized by his healthcare provider employer.
Rick Southey is the non-clinical director of Whānau Ora Community Clinic, a chain of health clinics with practices in Auckland, Northland and Christchurch.
He was also the umpire dressed in robes and a wig who heard ‘evidence’ about the pain Covid warrants had caused protesters at a so-called people’s court hearing during the protest. last week, although he did not cite any legal expertise on his LinkedIn page.
A spokesperson for the Whānau Ora Community Clinic confirmed an investigation was underway, but said he could not comment further.
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A statement will be released later this week, the spokesperson said.
Several attempts were made to contact Southey directly.
The protest on the grounds of Parliament last week ended with around 1,500 protesters slowly dispersing from the lawn of Parliament after being told to return home safely.
Wellington District Commander Superintendent Corrie Parnell said he was pleased with the behavior of protesters, counter-protesters and the public.
No issues were reported and no arrests or trespass orders were issued.
The protest also saw Church of Destiny leader Brian Tamaki announce that his wife Hannah’s Vision NZ party is joining other fringe political parties to form a new group.
This despite a “shocked” Outdoors and Freedom Party saying it had not agreed to a political alliance at all.
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About 2,000 anti-government protesters arrived on the grounds of Parliament shortly before midday on Tuesday.
Whānau Ora Community Clinic is owned by two prominent Destiny Church members, Raewyn Bhana and George Ngatai, and uses the Wiri-based church car park for its testing operations in South Auckland.
He was asked to change his name by the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencywho says he is intentionally misleading and “playing” his name.
However, the clinic does not plan to change its name, despite the threat of legal action.