Auckland man files Official Information Act Request for proof that the prime minister is not a reptile.
New Zealand Prime Minster John Key is definitely not an Auckland green gecko (Naultinus elegans elegans), a black-eyed gecko (Hoplodactylus kahutarae), a Duvaucel's gecko (Hoplodactylus duvaucelli) or a reptile from outer space, and his doctor and a veterinarian confirmed it. According to the Middle East North Africa Financial Network, Shane Warbrooke, an Auckland man, filed an Official Information Act request that requested proof that Key was not an alien lizard from outer space, and Key, in his capacity as prime minister of the island nation, officially disputed the man's assertions that he was.
"To the best of my knowledge, no. Having been asked that question directly, I've taken the unusual step of not only seeing a doctor but a vet, and both have confirmed I'm not a reptile," Key told 3 News New Zealand. "So I'm certainly not a reptile. I've never been in a spaceship, never been in outer space, and my tongue's not overly long either."
Warbrooke specifically asked in his OIA request for "any evidence to disprove the theory that Mr. John Key is in fact a David Icke style shape shifting reptilian alien ushering humanity towards enslavement." Icke is a British author who promotes conspiracy theories and wrote in his book, The Biggest Secret, the reptoid hypothesis, which said that politicians and leaders of the world are descendants of reptiles from the constellation Draco.
While Key is not a reptile, New Zealand does have a ranger of native herps, including more than 30 species of skink, and 30 species of gecko. It has four native frog species and is home to the tuatara, one of the oldest living reptiles.