Tag: Real Choice

Protesters Plan to Blockade TPPA Signing Ceremony

Press Release – Real Choice Today, hundreds of New Zealanders are joining pro-democracy group Real Choice in a planned demonstration at SkyCity in Auckland, to shut down the signing ceremony of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and create a TPPA Free Zone around …February 4 2016 Protesters Plan to Blockade TPPA Signing Ceremony in Auckland Today, hundreds of New Zealanders are joining pro-democracy group ‘Real Choice’ in a planned demonstration at SkyCity in Auckland, to shut down the signing ceremony of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and create a TPPA Free Zone around the area. The large group of protesters plan to blockade the streets leading to the Sky City Convention Centre where dignitaries of 12 countries are meeting to sign and agree to the terms of the biggest trade deal in history. Real Choice have anticipated hundreds of heavily armed police and plan to use tactics of non-violent civil disobedience, forming human blockades by linking arms and passive resistance to hold the TPPA Free Zone for as long as they can. The group publicly announced the blockade on social media, in what Real Choice Spokesperson Julia Espinoza said was “our opportunity to take action for the 800 million people affected by this trade deal as well as to be absolutely clear that we will not move from saying NO to the TPPA”. “Petitions, marches and lobbying...

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Question Time Interrupted By Democracy

Press Release – Real Choice Today thousands of votes against the TPP today interrupted parliaments Question Time, after being thrown from the public gallery by activist group Real Choice.Press Release Dec 9th 2015 Question Time Interrupted By Democracy Today thousands of votes against the TPP today interrupted parliament’s Question Time, after being thrown from the public gallery by activist group Real Choice. After releasing the results of their nationwide ‘people’s referendum’ this morning, several Real Choice members today rained down thousands of pieces of paper bearing the words ‘No TPPA’ over the House. Spokesperson Rowan Brooks said ‘From the 23rd-30th of November, we ran a people’s referendum that attracted over 12,000 votes from New Zealanders across the country. This is the largest gauge of public opinion on the TPP that has been conducted in New Zealand, and revealed massive dissent from the government’s position with over 97% of respondents opposed to its ratification.’ ‘We felt it was important to let our politicians know just how out of touch they are with most Kiwis on this issue, which is why this afternoon we released thousands of pieces of paper onto their heads, representing the thousands of votes we received against the TPP. Today we delivered democracy to parliament.’ ‘If we can run a week long referendum and get over 12,000 participants, there is no reason the government can’t run a...

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New Zealanders Vote No to the TPPA

Press Release – Real Choice Today Real Choice released the results of their nationwide referendum on the Trans Pacific Partnership.New Zealanders Vote No to the TPPA Today Real Choice released the results of their nationwide referendum on the Trans Pacific Partnership. Over 12,000 New Zealanders participated in the referendum with a resounding 97% voting no, New Zealand should not ratify the TPP. Spokesman Ben Rosamund said “given the chance to participate in democracy New Zealanders showed the government they’re on the wrong track. Their job is to implement the will of the people – and we say no!”. Real Choice ran New Zealand’s first people’s referendum, asking the question ‘Should the New Zealand Government ratify (sign) the Trans Pacific Partnership?’. Rosamund said “the National government spent $26 million on the botched flag referendum, and we’ve run the largest people’s referendum on on the far more important issue of the TPPA. We’ve shown that kiwis aren’t blinded by this expensive distraction, and that we don’t want our government to sign up to this agreement and sign our sovereignty away.” “Parliament goes on holiday on the 10th of December, and we hope their New Year’s resolutions are to listen to the people, and make a promise to themselves, and to us. Because we’ve resolved to act, to be direct, and to show what democracy looks like when citizens really get involved.”...

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Citizen group to hold TPPA Referendum

Press Release – Real Choice Citizen group Real Choice announced today they will hold a nationwide referendum on the TPPA. Real Choice, under the name Show us Ya Text, previously attempted a citizens search and seizure of TPPA documents at MFAT offices in Wellington and …Wednesday, 28 October 2015 Citizen group to hold TPPA Referendum Citizen group Real Choice announced today they will hold a nationwide referendum on the TPPA. Real Choice, under the name Show us Ya Text, previously attempted a citizen’s search and seizure of TPPA documents at MFAT offices in Wellington and an occupation of John Key’s electorate office in Helensville. Spokeswoman Lizzie Sullivan said, “democracy isn’t a game that only a few get to play. The government is refusing to do democracy properly, so we’re doing it for them.” “From Monday 23rd till Monday the 30th of November, we’ll be holding our own referendum on whether the NZ government should hold a binding referendum on ratifying the TPPA”, said Sullivan. “We live in a democracy and that means more than just voting every 3 years. The government thinks they’re giving us real choice on changing the flag, but we need real choice on the bigger issues at stake.” “We expect more from our elected representatives, we expect them to be open and transparent with their plans, and this agreement has been anything but. So we’ve...

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