Woman who threw dildo at Steven Joyce explains her actions
The woman who threw a dildo at Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce at Waitangi says the aim of her action was to "gain awareness about the atrocity that is the TPPA."
Josie Butler has opened up about why she threw the sex toy, and told Mana News she had been campaigning against the trade agreement for two years.
She said she's a nurse who's very concerned about the effects of the TPP on her patients.
Butler threw the dildo at Joyce while he was speaking to media at Waitangi last Friday, shouting: "that's for raping our sovereignty".
She told Mana News what she meant by that.
"The TPPA is the rape of our tino rangatiratanga," she said.
"We already have over 300,000 children living below the poverty line, I don't want to live in a country where families have to choose between potentially life saving medication or feeding their children because of the increased price of medications under the TPPA."
She said she put herself on the line for patient rights, and the vast majority of people she spoke to at Waitangi respected that.
Butler said she had been invited back next year, and planned to go.
Butler told Mana News police dealt with her professionally, and no formal charges were laid.
In response to comments from Prime Minister John Key that what she did was appalling, Butler said it was rich coming from a man who cuts funding from domestic and sexual violence services, and engages in rape jokes.
"I'm appalled that our taxes paid for the Prime Minister to watch sports and talk about a sex toy on our National Day, instead of doing his job and representing the Crown at Waitangi."