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No Urgency, But No Text Either

Press Release – Hone Harawira Unfortunately were not going to get an urgency hearing said Hone Harawira, MANA leader and former Tai Tokerau MP, of the claim that government negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) were in breach of the Treaty … No Urgency, But No Text Either 5 August 2015 “Unfortunately we’re not going to get an urgency hearing” said Hone Harawira, MANA leader and former Tai Tokerau MP, of the claim that government negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) were in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi. “The Tribunal did note that government’s consultation with Maori had been ‘limited and selective’ and that Maori had been treated more as stakeholders than as genuine Treaty partners” “They also said that the Treaty exception clause was ‘unclear and untested’ and that because they weren’t allowed to see the clause itself, they couldn’t tell whether or not it would actually protect Maori rights under the Treaty” “So the reality is that the Tribunal wasn’t in a position to make a decent ruling because the government categorically refused to let even them see the text of the TPPA!” “But it’s not over yet. The Tribunal said if the TPPA deal was signed off in Hawaii they would grant an urgency hearing on the Treaty exception clause as soon as the text was released, and if the deal was delayed...

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Hone Harawira’s Open Letter to Barack Obama

Press Release – Hone Harawira Heard you were able to get back to your dads turangawaewae last week. Mean hope you had a good catch up with the whanau. I also hear youre getting ready to endorse the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), and Im asking that …Open Letter to Barack Obama President of the United States of America 30 July 2015 Hey hey, mah bruddah!! Heard you were able to get back to your dad’s turangawaewae last week. Mean … hope you had a good catch up with the whanau. I also hear you’re getting ready to endorse the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), and I’m asking that you hold off, for now anyway. You might not know who I am and that’s OK because I’m not that important in the scheme of things, but my people are. We’re Maori, the indigenous people of a little country down here in the South Pacific called Aotearoa – you probably know it as New Zealand – and we want you to know that we don’t support the TPPA; in fact we hate the bloody thing. You see back in 1840 we signed the Treaty of Waitangi with the British, which was supposed to protect our rights. It didn’t unfortunately, and now we’ve got less than 3 million of the original 66 million acres we once owned. We’ve been trying to win our...

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TPPA a low trust model

Press Release – Hone Harawira Im glad we took the TPPA to the Tribunal says MANA leader Hone Harawira and former MP for Tai Tokerau, in regards to the claim before the Waitangi Tribunal that the governments negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement … MEDIA RELEASE TPPA a low trust model “I’m glad we took the TPPA to the Tribunal” says MANA leader Hone Harawira and former MP for Tai Tokerau, in regards to the claim before the Waitangi Tribunal that the government’s negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement are in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi. “They’ve refused to make the text of the TPPA available to Māori, they’ve refused to engage with Māori and they’ve refused to honour their obligations to protect Māori rights under the Treaty.” “They’ve even refused to let the Tribunal see the text of the TPPA!” said Harawira “which is a real insult given that the Tribunal is the only forum we have to raise important Treaty rights issues in respect of our lands, our forests, our waters and our other cultural treasures” The Waitangi Tribunal saw ‘significant potential for prejudice to Māori in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi’ which Harawira said “wasn’t surprising given the Tribunal won’t show it to anyone!” adding that “the Tribunal’s comment that ‘Crown processes for negotiations have resulted in a low trust model’ which is just...

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