Health activists caught out bullying private company despite MoH advice to the contrary

Look at what government funded public health campaigners have been up to.

The Taxpayers’ Union busts their little scam of fabricated complaints against a private company: Quote:

Taxpayer-funded health activists ignored advice from the Ministry of Health, Auckland Council, and Auckland Transport, to bully a company into dropping a promotion to raise money for Youthline, reveals the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

Healthy Auckland Together (HAT), a coalition of public agencies and taxpayer-funded health groups, used taxpayer money to try and shut down a Youthline fundraiser because they objected to a Coca-cola billboard.
 
HAT complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about a Coca-cola bus stop billboard because it was 550m away from a school. This particular billboard encouraged people to text a number to donate to Youthline.  
You would think that a public health group would be concerned about youth mental health, but in this case, HAT is blocking vital Youthline revenue for the sake of nannyism and anti-capitalism.
 
This organisation is turning into a group of zealots. They ignored advice from their own partner organisations Auckland Council, the Ministry of Health, and Auckland Transport.

Correspondence obtained under the OIA reveals all three had explicitly asked to be left off the ASA complaint, with the latter two citing a lack of evidence for making a complaint. The correspondence can be seen below.

At worst, we are looking at out-and-out dishonesty; at best, it is unprofessionalism of the worst kind.

The question remains as to why other taxpayer-funded groups are backing this political campaign. The New Zealand Transport Agency, for example, should have no role in this sort of thing. End quote.

HAT Complaint by Cam Slater on Scribd

This complaint involved some of the usual suspects, one of whom is trying to silence me for outing this sort of reprehensible behaviour.

The joke of all this is that the bus stop they complained about is directly across the road from a local dairy which is emblazoned with Coca-Cola advertising. There is also two takeaway bars and a bakery at the same location. But, these campaigners went after Coca-Cola for an advert on a bus stop. It is orchestrated and fabricated.

The crying shame is that Coca-Cola just meekly caved in to this orchestrated and mendacious campaign.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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