TVNZ One News 29 September 2019
Family First Comment: Well said, NZ First 🎉😄
NZ First law and order spokesperson Darroch Ball said drug testing could legitimise and encourage drug use. “We’re acting at the wrong end here. We’re being very reactionary if we think it’s okay to start saving lives or to start protecting people after the drug has been taken or after it’s been purchased,”
READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/police-ministers-plan-legalise-pill-testing-summer-festivals-derailed-nz-first-says-encourages-drug-use
NZ First block drug checking: ‘Stick to things that are safe’
Radio NZ News 1 October 2019
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says a proposal to legalise drug checks at music festivals would send the wrong message about drug use, which he believes is a “thoroughly bad idea” and should not be condoned.
New Zealand First put the brakes on the Labour and Green-supported plan, which would have allowed pill testing services at events this summer.
“Taking pills at festivals is a thoroughly bad idea,” Mr Peters said.
“Now it’s been suggested that we should provide all the mechanisms for people to take a whole lot of pills down there to find whether pill taking is safe or not.
“We at New Zealand First say it’s not safe, don’t do it. If you want to live, then stick to things that are safe,” he said.
“I think it’s better to tell people that drugs and drug experimentation is an awfully risky and dangerous thing to do.”
READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/400088/nz-first-block-drug-checking-stick-to-things-that-are-safe