Tag: Film

Loading Docs Wins Best NZ Online Documentary Series

Press Release – Loading Docs Loading Docs, the online documentary initiative, won the prestigious NZ On Air Best NZ Online Documentary or Web Series at the Doc Edge Awards 2016. The Doc Edge Gala Awards Night 2016 was held at The Roxy Cinema on the 12 May. Each year Doc Edge celebrates …Loading Docs Wins Best NZ Online Documentary Series at the Doc Edge Awards 2016 Loading Docs, the online documentary initiative, won the prestigious NZ On Air Best NZ Online Documentary or Web Series at the Doc Edge Awards 2016. The Doc Edge Gala Awards Night 2016 was held at The Roxy Cinema on the 12 May. Each year Doc Edge celebrates excellence and achievement by presenting local and international awards in various categories. Loading Doc’s Producer Julia Parnell who attended the event said, “We are thrilled to receive this award on behalf of all the film-makers involved in making Loading Docs a success. To get this recognition in our third year of rolling out the Loading Docs program is proof of the outstanding talent in New Zealand, and the desire from audiences to see quality content.” Loading Docs is a unique New Zealand documentary initiative established in 2014 to captivate and inspire audiences as well as develop and promote New Zealand filmmaking talent. The collections from 2014 and 2015 have been viewed over 1,000,000 times across all...

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Why is the US TPPA ‘Implementation Team’ Meddling in NZ?

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey The US Trade Representative Michael Froman has revealed his office is sending teams of officials to the other the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) countries, including New Zealand, to vet their implementation of the intellectual property chapter …20 April 2016 For immediate release Why is the US TPPA ‘Implementation Team’ Meddling in NZ? The US Trade Representative Michael Froman has revealed his office is sending teams of officials to the other the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) countries, including New Zealand, to vet their implementation of the intellectual property chapter and other parts of the agreement.[1] ‘ “Implementation” is code for the US making sure it gets what it wants, backed by its power to veto the TPPA’s entry into force if it doesn’t’, said Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey. ‘This is an outrageous assault on the sovereign right of nations to decide their own laws without interference from other states.’ ‘The US is notorious for rewriting the script after negotiations are ‘concluded’ to secure their version of the text when other countries insist they have done what is required.[2] ‘This will come in two stages’, Professor Kelsey explained. ‘The first we are seeing now. The US says “we can’t possibly get this to the floor of Congress without these changes to what you are doing”.’ ‘If Congress votes in favour of its implementing...

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Consulting on TPP’s intellectual property implementation

Press Release – New Zealand Government Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today released a consultation document showing how the Government proposes to implement the intellectual property changes required to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).Hon Minister Paul Goldsmith Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs 9 March 2016 Media Statement Consulting on TPP’s intellectual property implementation Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today released a consultation document showing how the Government proposes to implement the intellectual property changes required to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). “TPP is New Zealand’s largest free trade agreement. The TPP economies are worth US$28 trillion and open New Zealand companies up to a customer base of 800 million people,” Mr Goldsmith says. “While most of the provisions are consistent with New Zealand’s existing intellectual property settings, some changes to our laws will be required before we can ratify the final agreement. “Releasing the consultation document shows how the changes could be implemented and allows for public comment and input before legislation is introduced to Parliament. “The changes include a revised regime for technological protection measures, or digital locks, patent term extensions in certain situations when there are unreasonable delays in examining the patent or getting regulatory approval, a more extensive performers’ rights regime and new powers for Customs to detain goods that infringe copyright or registered trademarks. “TPP has been the...

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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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Loading Docs 2016: Change

Press Release – Loading Docs Loading Docs, the online documentary initiative, is back for a third year to launch another ten cutting-edge, 3-minute shorts that tell true stories of transformation, growth, adversity and hope. The theme for this years selection is change.Loading Docs 2016: Change FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Loading Docs: the documentary initiative that produces short films and big talent. Loading Docs, the online documentary initiative, is back for a third year to launch another ten cutting-edge, 3-minute shorts that tell true stories of transformation, growth, adversity and hope. The theme for this year’s selection is ‘change’. From more submissions than ever before, a panel of industry experts have selected 10 incredible new projects. This year’s Loading Docs shorts will provide viewers with the opportunity to: meet the millionaire who became a shoeshine man, face ‘the end of the world’ with two teen poets, enter into medieval combat, discover how friendship changes when your best mate becomes a woman and much more. Some films share personal stories of dramatic change, others address major social, political and environmental changes, and all have the potential to change the way viewers think and feel. After a fantastic year in 2015 the previous Loading Docs shorts are still spreading far and wide. The collections from 2014 and 2015 have been viewed over 1,000,000 times across all platforms – some international outlets include CNN...

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