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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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Rally at Parliament against signing of TPPA – Oliver Hailes

“Protestors will gather outside Parliament at midday on Thursday 8 March to hear from a range of speakers in opposition to the TPPA signing ceremony in Chile,” says Oliver Hailes, spokesperson for It’s Our Future, New Zealand’s network of opponents to the TPPA and other anti-democratic economic treaties. The line-up of speakers includes: – Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman; – Māori activist and international indigenous rights advocate Catherine Murupaenga-Ikenn; – Generation Zero spokesperson Lisa McLaren; – Unions Wellington organiser Ben Peterson; – President of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Grant Brookes; – ActionStation campaigner Rick Zwaan; – documentary maker Bryan Bruce; and – TPP Free Wellington spokesperson and business owner Antony Maddock. Sandra Grey, president of the Tertiary Education Union, will serve as MC, and Mike Pike will provide music. These speakers represent many perspectives on why New Zealand must continue to resist the TPPA. Ms Ghahraman was the only voice in last week’s parliamentary debate who challenged the sudden shift in policy by the Labour Party and New Zealand First: “We need to make trade fair and fit to serve our needs in the 21st century, instead of ceding sovereignty to foreign investors.” Ms Murupaenga-Ikenn speaks for “the imperilled voice of indigenous peoples and populations all around the world” as well as the “prominent economic, civil rights, environmental justice and other experts, academics and NGOs who have consistently...

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Speeches from the TPPA-11 – Don’t Sign! Dunedin Rally 04/03/2018

Speeches from the Dunedin TPPA-11 – Don’t Sign! Rally.   Will Dreyer, student from Otago University’s Student’s Against the CPTPP – speaking about the threats of CPTPP   Aaron Hawkins – speaking on the concerns of the CPTPP   Rye Senjen –   Dr Bob Lloyd – speaking on behalf of group Wise Response   Rosemary Penwarden   Rob Haultain – EtU organiser and textile artist   Jen Olsen – Speaking about the CPTPP takeover of International Women’s Day    ...

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