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10 metre long TPPA petition delivered to Parliament today

Press Release – ActionStation A 10 metre long petition that has been signed by more than 72,000 New Zealanders opposed to the ratification of the TPPA was delivered to Parliament today, as the final rounds of public submissions to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select … 10 metre long petition representing 72,000 opposed to TPPA delivered to Parliament today – ActionStation A 10 metre long petition that has been signed by more than 72,000 New Zealanders opposed to the ratification of the TPPA was delivered to Parliament today, as the final rounds of public submissions to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee take place. The petition was delivered by community organisation, ActionStation. “I do not appear before you today as an expert on international trade, Investor State Dispute Settlement clauses, or on the impact this agreement could have on this and future government’s ability to govern in the best interest of the people of New Zealand…I appear before you today as a representative of a large and growing community of hard-working New Zealanders who have made time in their busy lives to engage with discussion and debate on the TPPA, learn as much as they could – despite the lack of transparency – and then get involved in the processes of democracy to express their views and concerns.”, said Marianne Elliott, National Director of ActionStation as...

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Protesters project giant message onto SkyCity

Press Release – ActionStation Community organisations representing more than five and a half million people around the world have united to take joint action and express global opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as Trade Ministers sign the deal at SkyCity in Auckland.Protesters project giant “tear up the TPPA” message onto SkyCity Photo credit: Artur Francisco Community organisations representing more than five and a half million people around the world have united to take joint action and express global opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as Trade Ministers sign the deal at SkyCity in Auckland. ActionStation (New Zealand), Leadnow.ca (Canada) and SumofUs covertly projected visual protest images near the Auckland SkyTower where the signing ceremony took place earlier today. A second and third projection could be seen from various motorways as you entered Auckland CBD. ActionStation Campaign Director Laura O’Connell-Rapira said “The majority of New Zealanders are opposed to the TPPA, despite the New Zealand government doing their utmost to suggest to the world otherwise. This is a direct message from our members to visiting trade ministers: We want no part in your corporate takeover and Kiwis reject the TPPA.” Leadnow.ca Campaigner Brittany Smith said “We want to show governments that while they’re signing the TPP, we’re building our movements to oppose it – and we’re only getting stronger. People coming together across borders to voice mutual opposition to this dangerous,...

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Thousands Demand Key Debate TPPA Expert on National TV

Press Release – ActionStation More than 12,000 Kiwis are demanding that PM John Key and Tim Groser debate a democratically-elected TPPA expert in a nationally televised event, after the Prime Minister dismissed the more than 25,000 people who protested over the weekend, and the 100,000 people who …Wednesday 19th August 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thousands Demand Key Debate TPPA Expert on National TV – ActionStation More than 12,000 Kiwis are demanding that PM John Key and Tim Groser debate a democratically-elected TPPA expert in a nationally televised event, after the Prime Minister dismissed the more than 25,000 people who protested over the weekend, and the 100,000 people who signed petitions against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement as “misinformed.” “Our members are tired of being told that they are “misinformed”, “anti-trade”, “breathless children” when it comes to airing genuine concerns about the TPPA. What our members want is for the people that represent them to actually listen to, and address the concerns of Kiwi citizens instead of calling us names.” explained Laura O’Connell-Rapira from ActionStation. “Our leaders would never sign a contract without first reading the terms, or on a “just trust us” basis, so why are they essentially asking all New Zealanders to do the same?” The petition campaign, led by the New Zealand-based Action Station and the international corporate watchdog organisation SumofUs.org, notes that more than 300 small and...

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Over 100,000 Kiwis say no to the TPPA – ActionStation

Press Release – ActionStation Hundreds of community groups, artists, musicians, activists, Mori leaders, small and medium-sized business owners, not-for-profits, environmentalists, students, doctors, local councillors and grassroots campaigners from all around New Zealand have joined …Wednesday 12th June 2015 Over 100,000 Kiwis say no to the TPPA – ActionStation Hundreds of community groups, artists, musicians, activists, Māori leaders, small and medium-sized business owners, not-for-profits, environmentalists, students, doctors, local councillors and grassroots campaigners from all around New Zealand have joined forces to say no to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). As of today more than 300 businesses, 7 not-for-profits, 39 artists and musicians, 7 Māori leaders, 11 local councils, 4 church groups and 100,000 people have taken some form of action – both on and offline – to try and stop New Zealand from signing on to the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Laura O’Connell-Rapira, Campaign Director for ActionStation and convenor of the coalition explains; “We’ve had more than 300 small and medium-sized Kiwi business owners sign our Open Letter to the Government opposed to the TPPA. You can’t call these people “anti-trade”. They’re concerned this deal massively favours foreign transnational corporations and is a bad deal for small Kiwi business.” The collaborative effort comes off the back of Trade Minister Tim Groser dismissing opponents of the TPPA as “anti-trade”, “politically irrelevant” and “breathless children”. Oxfam New Zealand has voiced their concern...

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The Dirtiest Deal You’ve Never Heard Of: #TPPANoWay

Press Release – ActionStation The TPPA could cost us our privacy rights, access to affordable medicine and the safety of our food. Without mainstream media attention, clever international campaigning and a strong public outcry, politicians will only hear the concerns of multinational …The Dirtiest Deal You’ve Never Heard Of: #TPPANoWay The TPPA could cost us our privacy rights, access to affordable medicine and the safety of our food. Without mainstream media attention, clever international campaigning and a strong public outcry, politicians will only hear the concerns of multinational companies. And once the TPPA is signed, it’s basically here forever. Can you chip in $1 to help spread the word and take back our democracy from big corporate control? www.actionstation.org.nz/tppa ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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