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TPPA Les Howard

Press Release – Grey Power New Zealand Grey Power has greeted the failure of big international corporates to break the New Zealand and Australian resolve on patent protections on biologics in the final outcome of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations with cautious optimism.TPPA Les Howard Grey Power has greeted the failure of big international corporates to break the New Zealand and Australian resolve on patent protections on biologics in the final outcome of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations with cautious optimism. Grey Power spokesman on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPPA) saga, Les Howard of Timaru, said he had no doubt the price for the victory on pharmaceuticals was the failure of New Zealand negotiators to break the tariff barrier for dairy products into the lucrative North American market. “I have little doubt that, if we had gained access to the North American dairy market, the New Zealand negotiators would have capitulated on pharmaceutical tariffs. As it is we have been assured that prices will not increase for essential medicines but they haven’t told us which medicines will not be available because of price hikes,” he said. Mr Howard said, while he had some sympathy for the hard pressed New Zealand dairy industry, the trade off in unaffordable medicines for senior people would have been too high. “As it is there is strong public opinion that the dairy industry is...

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Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

Press Release – Grey Power New Zealand It is long past time the New Zealand Government took the people into its confidence and explained their position on the TPPA. There is a lot of information floating about through leaks on Wikileaks etc but our elected representative along with their …Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement It is long past time the New Zealand Government took the people into its confidence and explained their position on the TPPA. There is a lot of information floating about through leaks on Wikileaks etc but our elected representative along with their list colleagues are hell bent on keeping New Zealanders ignorant of the gains and losses attributable to this so called free trade agreement. Firstly Hon Tim Grosser answered some questions I put to him in a letter to the Timaru Herald stating this government had carried out more consultation on the TPPA than any other trade agreement. He neglected to say however who the consultation was with. He also stated the agreement would not be signed unless it was advantageous to New Zealanders but neglected to say which New Zealanders, The Haves or Have Nots. Our Prime Minister has stated the treaty would not be signed if it affected the way in which Pharmac buys pharmaceuticals required for treating New Zealanders yet he has just admitted the pharmaceutical corporates are expecting to extend their...

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Rally against TPPA in Hastings

Press Release – Grey Power New Zealand With the final negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) expected to be taking place in March, and with widespread community concern about threats this secret deal poses to New Zealands sovereignty, a rally is being held onSaturday, …Rally against TPPA in Hastings With the final negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) expected to be taking place in March, and with widespread community concern about threats this secret deal poses to New Zealand’s sovereignty, a rally is being held onSaturday, 7 March at 12 noon in Civic Square, Hastings, as part of a nation-wide Day of Action on stopping the TPPA. Rally organisers Maxine Boag and Ngatai Huata will be joined by a range of speakers from community organisations, workplaces, unions and political parties as well as individuals who believe that the signing of the TPPA is a mistake. “The TPPA’s agenda of re setting global trading rules is without precedent,” Napier Grey Power representative Maxine Boag said. “Under the TPPA, transnational corporations will be able to dictate changes to New Zealand laws. It represents one of the greatest threats to New Zealand sovereignty, and it is being negotiated in secrecy.” One of the provisions of the TPPA allows corporations to sue governments if laws affect their profits, but does not allow governments to sue corporations for harm to...

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Grey Power Concerned about Secret Talks on TPPA

Press Release – Grey Power New Zealand Grey Power Concerned about Secret Talks on TPPA. Grey Power is concerned that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations are being held behind closed doors and that very little information is available to the public. The Chair of the …Grey Power Concerned about Secret Talks on TPPA. Grey Power is concerned that the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations are being held behind closed doors and that very little information is available to the public. The Chair of the Grey Power NZ Inc. sub-committee to consider this issue, Miles Jackson said that “the only information that is accessible to those who elected the negotiators to office is from leaked documents. This makes one wonder what is being hidden. One possibility is that New Zealand could lose its sovereignty if the agreement is signed; notwithstanding the fact that during World War 2 from 1939 to 1945, many New Zealanders gave their health and in fact their lives to defend the right of democracy; to be free from dictatorship. Therefore I believe to sign an agreement such as the TPPA secretly, especially if it is based on the profit motive, negates the sacrifices made by those men and women. I have heard stories of possible profiteering where some United States pharmaceutical companies are advocating for longer copyright periods for their products. This would...

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Grey Power Concerned At Secret TPPA Deals’ Impact on Elderly

Press Release – Grey Power New Zealand The Government seems hell-bent on committing NZ to the TPPA prior to the next election while refusing to release any details to the NZ public. Grey Power has real concerns about the impact of this agreement on several areas of NZ life: Huge increases in …Grey Power Concerned At Secret Deals and Their Impact on Elderly New Zealanders As Well As the Population as a Whole The Government seems hell-bent on committing NZ to the TPPA prior to the next election while refusing to release any details to the NZ public. Grey Power has real concerns about the impact of this agreement on several areas of NZ life: Huge increases in the cost of medicines. Multi-national corporations dictating NZ policy and laws. Dr Erik Monasterio’s article in the Christchurch Press Monday March 10th has caused real concerns amongst Grey Power membership where it says the very existence of Pharmac is threatened under this agreement. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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