Clarke Gayford calls a chemist demanding they give his mates rapid antigen tests

The Daily Mail

New Zealand’s ‘first bloke’ Clarke Gayford has been caught pressuring a pharmacist to sell rapid antigen tests to a group of his DJ friends.

The unflattering incident took place on December 29, after New Zealand’s first community case of the Omicron variant had been detected.

According to Michael Taylor, a pharmacist in Tauranga, Mr Gayford lobbied him to provide the instant tests to a group of musicians who believed they were close contacts of a community case. 

His request contravened the strict rules set out by the NZ government – headed by his fiance, Jacinda Ardern.

Mr Taylor, dispensary manager at Life pharmacy in the Bayfair shopping centre, explained this to an unimpressed Mr Gayford. 

‘Just had a group of vaccinated musicians arrive having potentially been exposed wanting a RAT – explained to them that they needed to have a PCR test done,’ Mr Taylor posted on a NZ Community Pharmacy Chat Facebook page, which is a private group.

‘As they didn’t like this they got Clarke Gayford on the phone who proceeded to tell me that there had been a change in the guidance and these people should be given RAT tests…

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