TPPA leak suggests more challenges for NZ sovereignty

Press Release – Bridget Williams Books
As a document leaked yesterday demonstrates the potential effect of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement upon sovereign rights, Professor Margaret Wilson at Waikato University says that changes to the structure of the state are already affecting …TPPA leak suggests more challenges looming for New Zealand’s sovereignty
As a document leaked yesterday demonstrates the potential effect of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement upon sovereign rights, Professor Margaret Wilson at Waikato University says that changes to the structure of the state are already affecting New Zealanders’ abilities to influence decisions that impact upon their lives.
In her book The Struggle for Sovereignty, a new addition to the BWB Texts series, prominent academic and former MP Margaret Wilson demonstrates how thirty years of a neo-liberal public policy framework have altered the nature of the New Zealand state.
These alterations, particularly those responding to the pressures of globalisation, have weakened New Zealanders’ sovereignty over their own country, says Professor Wilson.
Professor Wilson is a previous Attorney-General, Minister for Labour, and Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations, and currently holds a Chair in Law and Public Policy at the University of Waikato.
She draws on her expertise to assess the ways in which the neo-liberal reforms since the 1984 election of the Fourth Labour Government have affected New Zealand’s constitution, its public service, its legal system, and its autonomy within a globalised world.
Her book is published at a time when widespread public protest against global treaties such as the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is having little effect. Wilson points out that “New Zealanders have always had a strong belief and confidence in their ability to influence events that affect them”, but argues that, in the future, this belief and confidence may simply not be enough to create real change.
“New Zealanders must continue to engage in the struggle to retain sovereignty because it is essential to the maintenance of individual and community wellbeing”, says Wilson.

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  1. Since the rise of China to the top of the economic hill sovereignty of a nation over global financial control has been under severe threat in all the lesser nations in the top to bottom rankings and every deal will be such and really in NZ it started in WW2 with the US forces to the point now that even though we dont really believe it Key is the result of US foreign policy in the Pacific and really we are being misled every day by our govt as to just how much sovereignty we have given up since 2008
    Prior to that and with Sept 11 onwards we not as vulnerable but with capitalism lying globally about its crooked monetary policies to the inevitable crash of 2008 we have a PM now who epitomises the capitalist world doctrine which is the destruction of socialism and with that a large part of our sovereign political history and our identity as an independent democratic nation to the point now that we have to fit in with the plan of the US and China to resolve the economics of the Pacific nations to fit how they will control the resources of any of those nations in conjunction with the US/China’s separate agreements with the other colonial powers
    We like to think we have self determination but really we are still controlled by the same powers as always in the post industrial revolution history of this world

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