Liz Gunn coughs through Counterspin appearance days after Wellington anti-mandate protest ends

  • 08/03/2022

Former TV host Liz Gunn coughed her way through a rant about overthrowing New Zealand's democratically elected Government days after the Wellington anti-mandate protest ended.

Appearing on conspiracy theory-spreading media organisation Counterspin last week, Gunn said she had been at the anti-mandate protest in Wellington and after she left, her and "a number of us who were there have been very sick".

"I don't know whether that's certain things they were putting on the crowd that affected our immune system.

"When we were coming back from Wellington, I got sick and I'm fighting that," she told Counterspin hosts Kelvyn Alp and Hannah Spierer.

Gunn also questioned the legitimacy of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern being elected.

"Was it ever real? Did she actually legitimately get into power? 

"We will have to look at that one day when the people have taken back the country," Gunn said.

She coughed a couple of times throughout the appearance, and towards the end splutters and says, "Sorry guys, I'm having a lot of trouble with my breathing". 

Gunn later said her temperature was "spiking up a bit now".

Newshub has contacted Gunn for comment.

Liz Gunn.
Liz Gunn. Photo credit: Counterspin Media

The anti-mandate protesters' occupation of Parliament came to an end on Wednesday after police cleared the grounds.

Some protesters moved to Wellington's south coast after they were kicked off Parliament's lawn and others are now occupying Cranmer Square in Christchurch.

On Monday, the Ministry of Health revealed 28 people who went to the Wellington protest had tested positive for COVID-19.

"These people are thought to be protesters, although they have not been interviewed as they would have been prior to the recent changes in case investigation," a ministry spokesperson said.

Cases that were at the protest have been reported in the Wairarapa, Waitemata, Waikato, Taranaki, Southern, MidCentral, Tairawhiti, Hutt Valley, Counties Manukau, Capital and Coast, and Canterbury District Health Board areas.

Anyone who was at the protest is encouraged by the Ministry of Health to get tested and self-isolate at home if they have any cold or flu symptoms.