Category: New Zealand

Speeches from Auckland anti-TPPA Rally March 2018

On Sunday 4th of March hundred’s of people around the country gathered to protest the government signing the TPPA in Chile on the 8th of March. Below are the speakers from the Auckland Rally;   Mikey Brenndorfer –  speaking on the health analysis   Moana Maniapoto – speaking on holding the lines, and Te Tiriti, and independent analysis   Bryan Bruce – speaking on the implications of the TPPA and similar trade deals   Laila Harre – speaking on holding the lines and labour rights   Jane Kelsey – speaking on the spin, current state of play and actions...

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Group Our Children’s Future lock themselves to train tracks in protest of the TPPA

On Thursday 1st of March, 6 members of the Christchurch group Our Children’s Future locked themselves to train tracks in protest of our government signing the TPPA-11 (CPTPP) in Chile on the 8th of March. See the video and media release below of their action;   Protesters Locked to Train Track Say TPPA is the Same Bad Deal Four women and two men have locked themselves to a train track in Christchurch demanding sustainable economics and an end to the re-branded TPPA. Speaking for the group, ‘Our Children’s Future’, Josie Butler said “This is essentially the same deal that...

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TPPA-11 Don’t Do It! Petition

Despite saying they’d refuse to support ratification of the TPPA and demanding independent economic and health analyses, and promising a new inclusive approach to trade and investment agreements, the new ‘progressive’ TPPA-11 is the same as before, with a small number of provisions suspended for now. And yet the Government says it intends to sign the TPPA-11 in Chile on 8 March 2018. The agreed text is still secret and we can’t see it until it is signed. The threats to our regulatory sovereignty remain the same as with the original TPPA. So we are inviting you to sign...

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It’s Time For the Greens To Play Hardball on TPPA

A guest post by left-wing activist and Green Party member Elliot Crossan. 4 February 2016 was the day I learnt what the power of ordinary people felt like.  I marched with 30,000 others in the streets of Auckland against the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, and I could feel the raw anger of a mass movement, whose years of resistance towards the National government and towards the signing away of Aotearoa’s democracy was coming to a furious head.  The mood was different to the two previous demonstrations I had attended—this time the atmosphere was alive with a pure,...

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Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan

Article – Open Source Open Society New Zealands Open Government Partnership Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then …Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan New Zealand’s ‘Open Government Partnership’ Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then you should make a submission here. If you are in Wellington there is also a final full day co-creation workshop on this Friday where you can get involved at a deeper level. See the Press release published on Scoop yesterday here for further details. Our position as a leader in this space is at threat New Zealand has had very good fiscal and government accountability and transparency reputation, however recent developments such as the Panama Papers and increasingly poor public consultation processes are threatening this reputation. As Susanne Snively, chair of Transparency International New Zealand said at yesterday’s Open Source Open Society Conference in Wellington, our position as a leader in this space is slipping due to complacency and lack of ambition to look towards transparency and accountability in a modern...

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