Tag: Race Relations

NZ’s lack of action on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Press Release – Independent Maori Monitoring Mechanism Iwi Mori have taken the government to task about their lack of implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Members of the Monitoring Mechanism, an independent working group of the National Iwi Chairs Forum … MEDIA STATEMENT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18 July 2016 Iwi Māori have taken the government to task about their lack of implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Members of the Monitoring Mechanism, an independent working group of the National Iwi Chairs Forum recently tabled their second report[1]...

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PM’s Post-Cabinet Press Conference 2/2/16: Waitangi And TPP

Article – Lyndon Hood PM’s Post-Cabinet Press Coference 2/2/16: Waitangi And TPP Again, But More So Click for big version. PM’s Post-Cabinet Press Conference 2/2/16: Waitangi And TPP Again, But More So Click for big version. Prime Minister John Key today said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees tonight. Media reports have indicated a Ngapuhi meeting voted not to invite the PM but local hapu said he should be welcomed. The debate comes after controversy over the TPP agreement’s effect on treaty rights and whether Maori were adequately consulted in the deal’s negotiation. Mr Key said protocol considered the Lower Marae the gateway to the Treaty Grounds, so if he was not invited he would not visit Waitangi at all. He would also not attend if he could not speak and was unwilling to accept limitation on his speech. On the TPP Key reiterated the expected trade benefits, which he said were likely understated in official projections. Responding to reports on US negoiators, he said New Zealand was against extending patent terms for biologics beyond the agreed limits. Other matters included Labour’s distinction between parts of the TPP enabling legislation and the trade treaty itself, a letter of support Tony Abbott wrote on a possibly Helen Clark...

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PM’s Press Conference 26/1/16: TPP, Waitangi, Sheep

Article – Lyndon Hood Other commitments mean Prime Minister John Key’s first post-cabinet press conference for the year would be a short one. Before explaining this, Key showed willing by rattling through his summary of Cabinet discussions mostly a list of things the … PM’s Press Conference 26/1/16: TPP, Waitangi, Return of the Saudi Sheep Other commitments mean Prime Minister John Key’s first post-cabinet press conference for the year would be a short one. Before explaining this, Key showed willing by rattling through his summary of Cabinet discussions – mostly a list of things the Government will continue to do – like a man whose goal was to get through all the words as quickly as possible. Key will announce new infrastructure spending in Auckland tomorrow. He would not confirm the announcement would see rail loop spending brought forward. On the TPP trade agreement, which will be signed in Auckland next week, Key said ‘we won’t get rich selling to ourselves’ and it was ‘inconceivable’ would let itself be left out of such an agreement. On the earlier-than planned release of the National Interest Analysis he said “There’s been a lot of misinformation about TPP, we released a fair bit when we first announced the deal, we’ve released the text and the National Interest Analysis is just another step in that.” He maintained investor-state dispute mechanisms were there to...

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Scoop Audio: Jane Kelsey On The TPP Text

Article – Lyndon Hood Professor Jane Kelsey held a TPP briefing for media in the Green Party’s Parliamentary offices today. She covered the current timeline and obstacles for US and NZ adoption of the agreement, the status of NZ challenges relating to negotiations, specific … Scoop Audio: Jane Kelsey On The TPP Text Professor Jane Kelsey held a TPP briefing for media in the Green Party’s Parliamentary offices today. She covered the current timeline and obstacles for US and NZ adoption of the agreement, the status of NZ challenges relating to negotiations, specific issues so far raised by the released text, and plan for full analysis in the New Zealand context. Side-letters to the text are still being released and these both change the detail of the agreement for specific countries and suggest and suggest how the deal was expected to operate by different negotiators. Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either MP3 format or in OGG format. She had received a Government response to the court judgment on her Official Information Act for TPP negotiation documents. She gathered the Government was unlikely to appeal but would continue to use procedural delays. An urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing has been pending on the release of the text and discussions on the topics covered by this are underway. It is unclear whether either of these processes...

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Scoop Coverage: TPPA Deal Reached

Article – Scoop Full Coverage Announcements, reaction and commentary on the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal and initial agreement details from NZ and the world. Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. Over the period from now until 2030, even the rosier projections for New Zealand see the TPP adding only about 1% per annum to this country’s GDP. Public Summaries: United States Trade Representative – Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement United States Trade Representative – TPP Ministers’ Statement, Press Conference Video NZ Govt – TPP Q&A (PDF) ALSO: BusinessDesk – Labour says jury’s out on supporting TPP – MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares rise on TPP; SkyCity gains – TPP deal gives limited win for NZ dairy – Business lobbies, wine growers, meat sector welcome TPP – Fonterra ‘very disappointed’ with limited TPP dairy deal Gordon Campbell – Gordon Campbell on the TPP fallout Professor Jane Kelsey – Continued imbalance of TPPA information indefensible – National government betrays NZers in TPPA deal...

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