Tag: Art

Out Now: Werewolf 59 – The TPP, Obsolete At Birth

Article – Werewolf Hi and welcome to the 59th edition of Werewolf, in which we revisit the TPP debate, and critically examine the claims that the Trans Pacific Partnership really is the spiffing, up-to-date document that our government and its business cronies claim … Enter The ‘Wolf Hi and welcome to the 59th edition of Werewolf, in which we revisit the TPP debate, and critically examine the claims that the Trans Pacific Partnership really is the spiffing, up-to-date document that our government and its business cronies claim it to be. As this month’s cover story shows, the contentious investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions at the heart of the TPP are something that the European Trade Commission has no faith in, and the US has been formally advised that the Europeans plans to scrap the ISDS mechanisms entirely, and replace them with with a fairer, more transparent and more judicially sound system in all of its major trade deals in future. Which raises the question – why is New Zealand planning to ratify the broken model of adjudication that is contained in the TPP, and thereby perpetuate its shortcomings? Elsewhere in this issue, we report on the social cost to communities and to individuals of the industrial killing of animals for food – a story that’s based on research into the incidence of violence and other anti-social behaviours in...

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Showing the Face of Cultural Unity

Press Release – Wairere Iti Veteran Tuhoe activist and artist Tame Iti has teamed up with internationally recognised Artist Owen Dippie to collaborate on a series of paintings to be exhibited in Auckland on the 27th of February. The exhibition named Ko Koe Ko Au (You and I) blends each …Tame Iti – Owen Dippie Art Collaboration Showing the Face of Cultural Unity. Veteran Tuhoe activist and artist Tame Iti has teamed up with internationally recognised Artist Owen Dippie to collaborate on a series of paintings to be exhibited in Auckland on the 27th of February. The exhibition named Ko Koe Ko Au (You and I) blends each artists signature styles together to tell a story of unity, strength, respect and understanding. “New Zealand as we know it is in the midst of being re-colonised by American and corporate interests through the TPPA” Iti warns. “…we have seen this type of cultural erosion before. The new works speak about how maori have dealt with this reality and offers it to everyone. My collaboration with Owen shows how Maori and Non Maori can work together for a common goal. This is how we build a nation… with You and I” Dippie speaks about how the collaboration started. “The Idea for this exhibition came out of a mural that we worked on together in Taneatua. I painted the portrait of one...

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Gordon Campbell on copyright, the Authors Guild case & TPP

Column – Gordon Campbell A few days ago, Google finally and comprehensively won a very long-running case brought against it by the Authors Guild which had claimed that Googles Book Project which operates as a digital library catalogue with a few snippets of content … Gordon Campbell on copyright, the Authors Guild case and the TPP A few days ago, Google finally and comprehensively won a very long-running case brought against it by the Authors Guild which had claimed that Google’s Book Project – which operates as a digital library catalogue with a few snippets of content to contextualise and focus the search – amounted to a violation of copyright. In finding in favour of Google, the US Second Court of Appeals ringingly re-stated the purpose of copyright in terms that are useful and relevant here in New Zealand. Especially now that the IP chapter of the Trans Pacific Partnership ‘trade’ deal has turned back the clock and extended the copyright term from 50 to 70 years, among other negative IP commitments. A few copyright extremists have since come out of the woodwork to defend and applaud the TPP’s IP commitments. To the US courts, ‘fair use’ is not an exemption to be grudgingly tolerated – it is the very purpose of copyright. Here’s how the court ruling put it in the Authors Guild case: The ultimate goal of...

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Scoop Coverage: TPPA Deal Reached

Article – Scoop Full Coverage Announcements, reaction and commentary on the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal and initial agreement details from NZ and the world. Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake. Over the period from now until 2030, even the rosier projections for New Zealand see the TPP adding only about 1% per annum to this country’s GDP. Public Summaries: United States Trade Representative – Summary of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement United States Trade Representative – TPP Ministers’ Statement, Press Conference Video NZ Govt – TPP Q&A (PDF) ALSO: BusinessDesk – Labour says jury’s out on supporting TPP – MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares rise on TPP; SkyCity gains – TPP deal gives limited win for NZ dairy – Business lobbies, wine growers, meat sector welcome TPP – Fonterra ‘very disappointed’ with limited TPP dairy deal Gordon Campbell – Gordon Campbell on the TPP fallout Professor Jane Kelsey – Continued imbalance of TPPA information indefensible – National government betrays NZers in TPPA deal...

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The Things that Matter

Article – Patrick Rose Award-winning New Zealand musician Tiki Taane today launched an interactive music, art & film exhibition in the pop up gallery ‘ArtBox’ on the Queens Wharf in Auckland.Award-winning New Zealand musician Tiki Taane today launched an interactive music, art & film exhibition in the pop up gallery ‘ArtBox’ on the Queens Wharf in Auckland. Coinciding with the release of his groundbreaking new album ‘Tiki Taane: With Strings Attached’, the installation questions the role of the artist in society, reflects Tiki’s mixed Maori and Pakeha background, and showcases his belief that ‘everyone has a voice and a responsibility to use it’. The name of the show references the Martin Luther King Jr. quote ‘our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter’. Invited by ArtBox Curator Ella Rose to make images representing his core beliefs, Tiki expresses his opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), his feelings about controversial deep sea oil drilling in NZ, and other pressing issues facing the nation in the run up to the next election. The installation marks the latest expression of Taane’s growing political engagement as he looks to inspire his supporters to get involved, register to vote and play a role in New Zealand’s democracy. “It’s time for everyone to speak up about what they believe in,” said Taane. “We’ve got to use the...

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