AM hosts lash out at climate change group deflating tyres of utes, SUVs in Auckland

  • 09/05/2022

Controversial climate action targeting utes and SUVs in Auckland by deflating their tyres has been slammed by the hosts of AM, who labelled it "dangerous".

The action saw a group called 'The Tyre Extinguishers' target vehicles they say are "gas guzzlers", leaving pamphlets outlining why they had deflated the tyres. 

According to the pamphlet, the group was taking matters into their own hands because "our governments and politicians will not".

AM co-host Melissa Chan-Green blasted the actions as "dangerous". 

"These people are just out to cause trouble," she said.

The group also claims in the pamphlet even hybrid and electric vehicles were still polluting the planet.

"So, ute? No. SUV? Bad. Tesla, bad too? Oh, these people are just insane, aren't they?" fellow AM host Ryan Bridge said.

"We need to let their tyres down."

Newsreader Bernadine Oliver-Kerby also slammed the actions.

"What if you're a sparky and you've got the ute with everything in the back?

"I would find their little bikes with their little walk socks and sandals and I'd let their tyres down," she said.

A spokesperson for The Tyre Extinguishers told TVNZ at the weekend "SUVs are a climate disaster" and the deflating actions would continue.

"They cause air pollution and are dangerous for other road users," the spokesperson said.

"Everyone hates them, apart from the people who drive them."

The group claims to have "disarmed" SUVs across the globe including the UK, US and now New Zealand.