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Protect our climate and health, not multinational profits

Press Release – OraTaiao OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council strongly supports this weeks call by international health advocates for the public release of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiating text, for a health check.MEDIA RELEASE Embargoed until 1pm, Friday 13 February 2015 Protect our climate and health, not multinational profits OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council strongly supports this week’s call by international health advocates for the public release of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiating text, for a health check. This week’s edition of world-leading medical journal The Lancet includes a call by 27 health experts from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, the USA, and Vietnam (including leaders of the World Medical Association and World Federation of Public Health Associations) for the TPPA to be made public so its overall health impacts can be assessed. “Leaked documents indicate the TPPA will have far-reaching implications, including undermining our ability to protect our climate and the future health of New Zealanders – yet the entire agreement is still being kept secret from the public,” says OraTaiao co-convenor Dr Rhys Jones. “The biggest threat is the new ‘Investor State Dispute Settlement’ (ISDS) clause. This means overseas companies will be able to sue our government if they suspect any law change might threaten their profits. Yet our government will not be able to sue...

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New Zealand leads Lancet call for TPPA transparency

Press Release – OraTaiao New Zealand and Australian health advocates are leading an international call for public release and wide discussion of the text of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). MEDIA RELEASE Thursday, 12 February 2015 Embargoed to Friday 13 February 2015 1.01pm NZDT (12.01am GMT[UK]) New Zealand leads Lancet call for TPPA transparency and health check New Zealand and Australian health advocates are leading an international call for public release and wide discussion of the text of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Their call in leading international medical journal The Lancet, which will be published tomorrow [see abridged full text below], is signed by 27 health leaders in Australia, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, USA, and Vietnam, including leaders of the World Medical Association and World Federation of Public Health Associations. Leaders are pressing for the TPPA to be transparent and its broad health impacts to be assessed – before it is signed. Co-lead author and Canterbury psychiatrist Dr Erik Monasterio, says the TPPA, like other ‘new generation’ trade deals, threatens governmental ability to deliver affordable health care and legislate to protect public health and reduce health inequities. “And all the while, the text is shrouded in secrecy.” “The negotiations are not about the way most of us think of trade – you and me buying and selling things. Instead they are protecting the massive investments...

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Will your party hand over our right to make laws to the US?

Press Release – OraTaiao Will your party hand over our right to make laws to the US? ask doctorswww.orataiao.org.nz Wednesday 13 August 2014 “Will your party hand over our right to make laws to the US?” ask doctors Doctors are calling on all political parties to immediately declare their position on the re-drafting of New Zealand’s laws that protect health under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Medical professionals concerned about the health risks from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, today reacted with shock at the revelations that New Zealand laws could be effectively re-written without the public’s knowledge by the United States..A new website launched today(http://tppnocertification.org/) shows how trade deals such as the TPP have interfered with laws, pushing the commercial interests of United States ahead of other countries’ needs including health. “Many of our laws form the building blocks for fair and healthy lives. These include laws that protect health through fair access to medicines, clean water, food and air, and well-functioning life-support systems like the climate. Losing our sovereign right to create and strengthen these building blocks for health will make it extremely difficult for New Zealand to maintain and improve our quality of life”, says Dr Macmillan, Acting Co-Convenor of the NZ Climate & Health Council. “New Zealand must have the freedom to make laws for New Zealanders’ best interests. We need to protect our access to...

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Prevention of fracking harms would be shackled by trade deal

Press Release – OraTaiao A new report concludes that fracking practices in NZ pose risks to health and the environment. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has recommended that regulations be overhauled and tightened to protect New Zealanders from harm. But …MEDIA RELEASE Monday 9 June 2014 Prevention of fracking harms would be shackled by trade deal A new report concludes that fracking practices in NZ pose risks to health and the environment. The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has recommended that regulations be overhauled and tightened to protect New Zealanders from harm. But the Government’s secret trade negotiations would allow foreign fossil fuel companies to sue us if we do so. Again, this report demonstrates how the TPPA will undermine our sovereignty in addressing our most important public health issues like climate change. Dr Alex Macmillan, acting co-convenor and spokesperson for OraTaiao: The NZ Climate and Health Council says the report’s conclusion “confirms concerns that were raised in a recent Open Letter to the Prime Minister from over 270 NZ health professionals on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPPA)”. The Letter highlights how diminished the Government’s powers to regulate harmful commercial activities would be under the proposed agreement. Foreign fossil fuel companies would be entitled to sue NZ taxpayers in an off shore tribunal if new domestic laws or regulations are introduced that are deemed to undermine the value...

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