NZ actors to rally against secretive TPPA

Press Release – Equity New Zealand Equity New Zealand will join unions, community organisations, academics, creatives and students in co-sponsoring the national Day of Action to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement thisSaturday, 29 March.Equity New Zealand Press Statement 27 March 2014 4:30pm Equity New Zealand will join unions, community organisations, academics, creatives and students in co-sponsoring the national Day of Action to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement thisSaturday, 29 March. Equity vice-presidents Jeff Szusterman and Todd Rippon will speak at rallies in Auckland and Wellington on Saturday. ‘It is sometimes difficult to make the link between the arcane negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement and our everyday lives. But of all sectors in the New Zealand economy, the film and television industry (upon which performers livelihoods depend) has been one of the most impacted by the whims of trade policy,’ says Szusterman. On Saturday both Szusterman and Rippon will speak of the devastating impact on the audio visual industry when the then Bolger National Government made commitments to open New Zealand screens up to imported content, under the World Trade Organisation’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in 1994. ‘From a performers’ perspective, the Bolger government’s decision forever hamstrung our ability to tell our own stories. It has also led to a sector that will never have the critical mass it requires to build sustainable careers,’ says Rippon. Although...

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