Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei says no to TPPA

Press Release – Ngati Whatua o Orakei Ngti Whtua rkei Trust Chairman, Piripi Davis, says the Auckland-based hap is strongly opposed to the TPPA, and believes it will be detrimental to the Nations sovereignty and wellbeing. 27 January 2016 Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei says no to TPPA Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Chairman, Piripi Davis, says the Auckland-based hapū is strongly opposed to the TPPA, and believes it will be detrimental to the Nation’s sovereignty and wellbeing. The hapū, which is mana whenua to the central Auckland isthmus, says it will not take part in welcoming ceremonies for TPPA officials when they visit the City on February 4. “There has been a lot of anger and mistrust voiced about the TPPA by our whānau and we agree with them,” says Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust Chairman, Piripi Davis. “The TPPA undermines the national sovereignty of New Zealand, and is likely to give increased rights to multi-national corporations. We cannot allow our whenua and moana to be endangered through this deal. “We are trying to do as much as we can to raise the economic and social wellbeing of our whānau. We believe the TPPA will only make this goal more difficult.” Mr Davis also identified commercialisation of indigenous flora and indigenous knowledge related to traditional uses of plants as a potential threat. “Our people take pride in our relationship with the whenua....

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