[…] Trevor McIntyre told board colleagues at Haeata Community Campus and principal Peggy Burrows on Monday that he was stepping down with immediate effect from his role at the school and from an advisory role with the Ministry of Education.

His message was sent at 5.30pm, just 90 minutes after Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced the Covid-19 vaccine would be mandatory for teachers and high-risk health workers.

[…] Burrows said McIntyre’s resignation came as a shock, but she believed he was a “man of principle” and was “making a stand”.

“My understanding from talking to him [on Tuesday] morning is that he is just philosophically and politically opposed to what the Government is doing, and he’s had enough.”

[…] McIntyre said he was “fine with vaccines”.

“I haven’t had my Covid vaccine, but I’ve had all my other vaccines.”

He refused to discuss his views on the Covid-19 vaccine[…]

Burrows said McIntyre told her the mandating of the Covid-19 vaccine for teaching staff was the straw that broke the camel’s back for him.

“I have very, very much enjoyed working with him. He is a man of integrity and has a heart for the community.

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