The Speaker of New Zealand’s parliament Trevor Mallard is behind the playlist and has interspersed the songs with Covid-19 vaccination adverts — with many social media users on Twitter offering up suggestions, including British singer James Blunt.
RNZ said the playlist changed on Sunday morning, to include an out of tune recorder rendition of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” performed by Matt Mulholland and now a popular internet meme.
Other reports on Twitter and by local media said the power ballad “Let It Go,” from the 2013 Disney film “Frozen,” had also been played, as well as the children’s song “Baby Shark.”
Sprinklers were also previously used to disperse the protesters, but hundreds remain camped on the grounds, while RNZ said Wellington district commander Superintendent Corrie Parnell had confirmed there were around 3,000 people present over the weekend.
Canada’s “Freedom Convoy” began at the end of January in Ottawa as an objection to a vaccine mandate requiring truckers entering the country to either be fully vaccinated or face testing and quarantine requirements. Other protesters then joined to rail against mask mandates, lockdowns, restrictions on gatherings and other Covid-19 preventative measures.