Convoy organiser defends protesting high fuel prices by driving, falsely claims 77 percent of Aotearoa is foreign-owned

The organiser of the fuel convoy has defended the cause following large backlash online, pointing out that there's a "bigger picture".

The convoy aims to stand up to soaring fuel prices by filling up their cars and driving around the country this weekend. 

A poster promoting the convoy reads: "Enough is enough. We deserve better."

But people on social media saw the irony of the poster highlighting that the protest against fuel prices involves buying a lot of fuel.

"Protesting rising fuel prices by driving is possibly the silliest thing I've heard," one said. 

The organiser Nikki has since spoken out following the criticism and said on a Facebook livesteam she was asked who was funding the convoy. 

"We the people are sponsoring this I said, because at the end of the day we all are just wanting the same thing."

Nikki added she thought "long and hard" about how the protest could be done.

"The best way to approach it is as anyone would, just commonsense, standing up and having a say."

Zeb Jackson who hosted the livestream said "they might be talking about the irony of the protest but it is bringing awareness to the protest at the same time".

Nikki replied saying she doesn't want the convoy to be "pushed out like a protest", but instead that it's about spreading awareness. 

She added she's never protested "a day in her life" before the Parliament anti-mandate protest.

Nikki went on to falsely claim that 77 percent of land in Aotearoa is foreign-owned.

"Hello New Zealand 77 percent of our land, you know we are only a little blip in this world," she said.

"The place of love and unity."

An investigation by RNZ in 2019 revealed that 56 percent of Aotearoa land is privately owned, 3.3 percent of that is in foreign hands and 6.7 percent is Maori-owned. 

The investigation by RNZ found at least 28 percent of the entire county is in public ownership.