Tag: Te Ringahuia Hata

Waitangi Tribunal opts for pragmatic outcome

Press Release – Te Ringahuia Hata The substance of the Waitangi Tribunals report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), vindicates the claimants concerns, especially about foreign investors special rights under the Agreement. But in the end pragmatism held sway … Waitangi Tribunal upholds claimants concerns on TPPA, but opts for pragmatic outcome ‘The substance of the Waitangi Tribunal’s report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), vindicates the claimants’ concerns, especially about foreign investors’ special rights under the Agreement. But in the end pragmatism held sway with the Tribunal’s conclusion that the Treaty of Waitangi Exception provides Maori with “reasonable...

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Waitangi Tribunal report contradictory

Press Release – Te Ringahuia Hata A contradictory report released by the Waitangi Tribunal, following an urgent hearing into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), has upheld virtually all of the claimants concerns about the potential risks to Maori yet concluded that the … 5 May 2016 Waitangi Tribunal report contradictory A contradictory report released by the Waitangi Tribunal, following an urgent hearing into the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), has upheld virtually all of the claimants concerns about the potential risks to Maori yet concluded that the existing Treaty Exception provides ‘reasonable’ protection. The claim was lodged in July last...

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Talking with TPK on TPP is not Māori engagement

Press Release – Te Ringahuia Hata Leaked emails have been filed as evidence today by lead claimant counsel Annette Sykes in the TPPA Inquiry and presented as part of the cross examination of chief negotiator for the TPPA, Dr David Walker.17 March 2016 Talking with TPK on TPP is not Māori engagement Leaked emails have been filed as evidence today by lead claimant counsel Annette Sykes in the TPPA Inquiry and presented as part of the cross examination of chief negotiator for the TPPA, Dr David Walker. The Tribunal, claimant counsel and expert witnesses were also shown the Te Karere news story yesterday by reporter Heta Gardiner and asked for their comment. The emails attained clearly state that MFAT’s engagement with Te Puni Kokiri was limited and instead of having “engaged with Te Puni Kōkiri” TPK asked MFAT to acknowledge that its involvement was more akin to “confirming an approach” rather than being “engaged with”. Ms Sykes characterised this as the ‘tick box mentality’. The email exchanges became a contestable issue in today’s cross examination of Dr David Walker as to the nature of Te Puni Kokiri’s actual involvement in the evolution of TPPA negotiations. Member of the Tribunal panel, David Cochrane questioned Dr Walker whether TPK had “dropped the ball” and had waited for direction from MFAT rather than progressing their own engagement with Māori stakeholders. Sir Doug...

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Tribunal Criticises Crown’s Treatment of Treaty Partner

Press Release – Te Ringahuia Hata Tribunal Criticises Crowns Treatment of Treaty Partner On Monday 3rd August, claimants received the decision on whether the Waitangi Tribunal will grant an urgent hearing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership applications for an urgent hearing.Tribunal Criticises Crown’s Treatment of Treaty Partner On Monday 3rd August, claimants received the decision on whether the Waitangi Tribunal will grant an urgent hearing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership applications for an urgent hearing. The Tribunal sees the scope for “significant prejudice to Māori” and made the comment that the Crown treats Māori as “domestic stakeholders, not Treaty partners”. The Tribunal will hold a hearing on the claims and claimants are grateful that the Tribunal has acknowledged the importance that these issues have to Māori, and to all New Zealanders. The Tribunal wants to have the text of the agreement available before the hearing, and this will only be released to the New Zealand public, once the deal is done. Because of this the Tribunal decided not to hold a hearing straight away, but to wait and see whether a deal was reached in the coming month. Importantly this decision was made before the deal fell through in Hawaii. If the TPPA is concluded at the end of August or start of September, as the Crown says it will be, then the Tribunal will hold a focused hearing as soon...

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Our Sovereignty is Not for Sale

Press Release – Te Ringahuia Hata Six applications and nine interested parties are seeking an urgent hearing in the Waitangi Tribunal arguing that the TPPA would breach the Treaty of Waitangi. The Tribunal will decide today whether to give the claim urgency. The Crown says it is …Our Sovereignty is Not for Sale 23 July 2015 Six applications and nine interested parties are seeking an urgent hearing in the Waitangi Tribunal arguing that the TPPA would breach the Treaty of Waitangi. The Tribunal will decide today whether to give the claim urgency. The Crown says it is too late to stop it and refused to give an undertaking not to make final commitments until the claim is heard. “We are here to seek urgency to protect our tino rangatiratanga, kaitaikitanga, and well being which the Crown is about to sign away in a secret negotiation that we have been shut out from. We know enough from the media and leaks that this poses one of the most serious risks to our independence and rangatiratanga. Our sovereignty must not be sold for a few pounds of butter. This is a treaty for foreign investors to continue the plunder of our resources at a time when the Crown is granting exploration and exploitation licenses on land and in the sea without our consent. Offshore foreign investors are using these agreements and...

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