22 Jan 2020

Epic bike ride protest to Parliament stalled by security

From Checkpoint, 6:12 pm on 22 January 2020

A couple's epic tandem cycle from Dunedin to Parliament to call for increased Pharmac funding has been marred at the final hurdle, with a confrontation with Parliament security.

Julian and Camilla Cox cycled the 1300km, towing a coffin behind them, collecting signatures for a petition urging the Health Minister to conduct external reform of Pharmac, and double its budget.

But as they tried to lay the coffin on the main steps of Parliament they were stopped by security, and told they had to move to the lower steps.

While they complied, Ms Cox described their actions as disgusting, disrespectful, and small minded.

RNZ political reporter Yvette McCullough was there.