Tag: TPP Action Group

Upper Hutt City Council adopts a TPPA Free Zone policy

Press Release – TPP Action Group Upper Hutt City Council adopts a TPPA Free Zone policy as a precaution to the imposition of the Trans Pacific Partnership.1Upper Hutt City Council adopts a TPPA Free Zone policy as a precaution to the imposition of the Trans Pacific Partnership.1 The Upper Hutt City Council in a close vote at its 24 February Council meeting adopted an 8 point policy resolution in respect to the TPP. Whilst there were divergent views on the merits of the resolution all Councillors who spoke offered praise to the representatives of the community who had presented to Council. Councillor Steve Taylor who opposed the resolution stated during his contribution to the debate, “I welcome the debate on the TPP and congratulate the community representatives for your quality presentations. This is what democracy is about.” The policy asks that central government initiates a full public and parliamentary debate, and gain clear consent from the people, before proceeding with formal consideration of the TPP, including any further binding treaty action. The policy statement recognises that the people of New Zealand have not provided their consent for the TPP treaty. Many New Zealand and international experts in a variety of fields of endeavour have criticised the TPP as it places the rights of corporations and profits before the rights of the people of the TPP nation’s right to; a...

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TPPA Free and Action groups petition the Governor General

Press Release – TPP Action Group TPP Free Wellington today launched a petition calling the Governor General to Command the government to put the question of proceeding with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to a binding referendum.TPPA Free and Action groups petition the Governor General – “Save our Democracy” TPP Free Wellington today launched a petition calling the Governor General to Command the government to put the question of proceeding with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to a binding referendum. Full Statement ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Open Letter to the Hon. Tim Groser

Press Release – TPP Action Group Open Letter to the Hon. Tim Groser, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee.Open Letter to the Hon. Tim Groser, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee. As concerned members of the community and representatives of the organisations named below, we wish to express our opposition to the secrecy around negotiations with the eleven other nations involved in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). We know that New Zealand is the repository for the TPPA documents and believe it should gain the partners’ agreement to the release of the TPPA text. The TPPA is significant in that it will affect the lives of 790 million people in the Asia Pacific region. It is ambitious in scope covering 40% of world trade, but we also note that much of this agreement is not about trade. We understand that the TPPA will influence New Zealand’s participation in regional economic activity and it is essential that the well being of the people of Aotearoa – New Zealand and the protection of our unique environment are paramount in these negotiations. Notwithstanding the secrecy of the negotiations, we have some appreciation of their content from the publicly available information (leaks, background documents, extrapolation from other bilateral FTAs and the earlier...

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Open Letter to the Hon. Tim Groser

Press Release – TPP Action Group Open Letter to the Hon. Tim Groser, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee.Open Letter to the Hon. Tim Groser, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee. As concerned members of the community and representatives of the organisations named below, we wish to express our opposition to the secrecy around negotiations with the eleven other nations involved in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). We know that New Zealand is the repository for the TPPA documents and believe it should gain the partners’ agreement to the release of the TPPA text. The TPPA is significant in that it will affect the lives of 790 million people in the Asia Pacific region. It is ambitious in scope covering 40% of world trade, but we also note that much of this agreement is not about trade. We understand that the TPPA will influence New Zealand’s participation in regional economic activity and it is essential that the well being of the people of Aotearoa – New Zealand and the protection of our unique environment are paramount in these negotiations. Notwithstanding the secrecy of the negotiations, we have some appreciation of their content from the publicly available information (leaks, background documents, extrapolation from other bilateral FTAs and the earlier...

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TPP policy solution adopted by Hutt City Council

Press Release – TPP Action Group A packed gallery of locals on Tuesday 24th March witnessed Hutt City Council become the 7th New Zealand Council to support the public interest TPP policy originally adopted by Auckland in December 2012. Hutt City joins Nelson, Tasman, Christchurch, …Media Release TPP policy solution adopted by Hutt City Council 24-3-2015 A packed gallery of locals on Tuesday 24th March witnessed Hutt City Council become the 7th New Zealand Council to support the public interest TPP policy originally adopted by Auckland in December 2012. Hutt City joins Nelson, Tasman, Christchurch, Dunedin, and last month Wellington City Council. Speakers in Council’s public forum offered support to the Council’s adoption of the policy. Greg Rzesniowiecki of TPP Action thanked the Council for allowing its forums consider the TPP implication and urged Councillors to unite behind the Mayor’s recommendaton.. Local Wainuiomata resident Mick McCrohon, “Medical professionals viewed the TPP negotiations suspiciously, knowing that Transnational Corporations influenced the 12 Nations in TPP negotiations. They were concerned at the undermining of Pharmac and the introduction of longer patent periods for pharmacueticals.” Lower Hutt small businessman Antony Maddock drew comparisions with the Wellington Super City project, “The Supercity proposal will diminish local democracy. TPP is like Wellington Super City forced onto the 12 TPP Nations, only much worse as it is worked out behind closed doors. If it is so...

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