Month: March 2018

NZPTV interview with Amanda Vickers on feeling betrayed by NZ First’s TPPA u-turn

NZPTV is the New Zealand Public Television Trust  – a hub where Kiwi film and television makers can screen their programmes so that other New Zealanders around our country, and around the world, can watch them for free. It is also a place for you to have your say. NZPTV have recently launched VOICE OF THE PEOPLE. Their first interview is with Amanda Vickers, who says she worked hard to get NZ First elected, but now feels betrayed over their u-turn on the TPPA issue. If you would like to have your say on an issue of public importance...

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Speeches from the Wellington Rally and Don’t Do It! Petition Handover 08/03/2018

On Thursday the 8th of March in opposition to the NZ government signing the CPTPP, concerned New Zealanders gathered outside of Parliament to voice their opposition and to handover the Don’t Do It Petition which saw over 5000 people sign over a 3 week period.   Below are the videos of the speeches and the petition handover.   Antony Maddock – speaking on TPP Free Wgtn campaigns, successes, retrospective and perspective   Catherine Murupaenga-Ikenn – speaking from a tangata whenua perspective   Bryan Bruce – speaking on the implications of the TPPA and similar trade deals   Grant Brookes –...

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Capitulation in TPPA-11 raises fears of more to come – Jane Kelsey

‘The so-called Joint Declaration on Inclusive and Progressive Trade, released by New Zealand, Canada and Chile alongside the signing of the resurrected Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA-11), comes across as a desperate attempt to put a gloss on a profoundly unprogressive deal’, says University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey. ‘They promise to make the TPPA-11 work for women, indigenous peoples, small and medium enterprises, workers, the environment. Yet those constituencies have repeatedly made it clear that the deal itself is anathema to their interests – most recently in a statement from fifty women’s organisations across ten of the eleven...

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Three women cemented into the TPP outside Labour Party office in Christchurch – Our Children’s Future

TPPA Cements Us into 20th Century Thinking Three women have cemented themselves in place outsid Labour MP Ruth Dyson’s office in Christchurch today as Trade Minister David Parker prepares to sign the CPTPP/TPPA trade deal in Chile. There was a spectacle at 1pm today as barrows of cement were poured around the feet of the three protestors, with actors dressed as MP David Parker and two labour party officials herding them place. The actor dressed as David Parker proclaimed that “after years  of public opposition, the Labour party is thrilled to cement New Zealand into the renamed CPTPP without the independent...

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Parliamentary petition for democratic overhaul of TPPA process – Oliver Hailes

During the rally outside Parliament at midday, a petition will be handed over by Oliver Hailes to Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman calling for a democratic overhaul of the process for negotiating and signing the trade, investment and economic integration agreements. Mr Hailes is the spokesperson for It’s Our Future, New Zealand’s network of opponents to the TPPA, which has gathered more than 5,000 signatures in support of the petition over last fortnight.   “We stand united by the demand that never again will we be kept in the dark while technocrats trade away control over our future,” Mr...

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