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Groser needs to explain why NZ must keep TPPA secret while EU releases TTIP documents

Press Release: Professor Jane Kelsey 12 February 2015 ‘Trade minister Tim Groser has repeatedly claimed that negotiations for agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) are never conducted in daylight. That is simply not true.’ ‘There are many such instances, including the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that involved six of the TPPA parties,[1] where draft negotiating texts and other documents have been released. He has ignored the inconvenient truth and continued to assert his position as fact’, says University of Auckland Professor Jane Kelsey. ‘The European Commission (EC) has now conclusively just put the lie to such claims’. Professor Kelsey has just published two papers analysing recent developments in the negotiations between the European Union and the US called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) which parallel those for the TPPA. One contrasts the obsessive secrecy that continues to envelope the TPPA with the inquiry by the EU Ombudsman into transparency and public access to TTIP documents[2] and the EC’s subsequent decision to release a raft of its own negotiating documents with.[3] The second outlines the Ombudsman’s reports and the EC’s responses. [4] The European Ombudsman was forthright. Old approaches of confidentiality and limited public participation are ‘ill-equipped to generate legitimacy’ for such ambitious agreements. ‘Given the potential impact of TTIP on the lives of citizens, key documents have to be published’. Moreover, ‘it is vital that the...

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8 November

8 November is an international day of action against the TPPA, and kiwis are kicking things off. Find your local event from the list below: Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Gisborne, Napier, Palmerston...

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#WorldTradeCup twitter storm tweets #TPPANoWay

If #TPPA is ever completed it will be a massive #owngoal for kiwi workers, health and environment #TPPANoWay #WorldTradeCup Like the World Cup, #TPPA is a Trojan horse for #neoliberal policy, and we don’t even get to vote on it! #TPPANoWay #WorldTradeCup #TPPA will let the banks and TNCs play striker while the rest of us will be stuck in defence #TPPANoWay #WorldTradeCup #WorldTradeCup #RedCard alert! Has #NZ #trade minister shown @johnkeypm to be a liar on #TPPA? http://bit.ly/1kL2Gs4 #TPP#NoTPPA #WorldCup The World Cup has been a nightmare for #workersrights, but pales in comparison to #TPPA #TPPANoWay #WorldTradeCup #TPPA’s #ISDS provisions will let foreign investors #tackle our laws #badsportsmanship #TPPANoWay #WorldTradeCup #TPPA is a licence for #miningcompanies and #agribusiness to go #Suarez on our environmental...

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It’s Not Right (Maori)

  Are you hoha that … •           offshore mining happens without the consent of hapu and iwi? •           our kids keep getting sick and whanau can’t afford medicines? •           you don’t know what’s in the kai you feed your tamariki? •           the Rena disaster could devastate the coastline? •           so many of our people are dying and injured in the mines and forests? •           there are more and more job losses every day? •           our people are sick and dying from smoking? •           state assets get sold before we’ve settled our ownership rights to them? •           the rich get...

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MFAT Stakeholder Meetings

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade recently held ‘stakeholder meetings’ between TPPA negotiators and interested parties. The meetings took place on the 3 July (Auckland), 4 July (Christchurch) and 5 July (Dunedin). It’s Our Future has reports from the Auckland and Wellington meetings, which have been placed in the Resources section. As far as we can tell, there was no real difference between the content of the presentation, and in both Auckland and Wellington the concerns raised  by participants were similar. The most interesting part of the meetings were the question and answer sessions, not because of the quality of the answers, but rather how-impressively tight-lipped the negotiators managed to stay on matters of national...

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