Tag: FOMA

Treaty of Waitangi rights protected in TPPA

Press Release – FOMA The Waitangi Tribunal’s ruling that the TPPA has not breached treaty obligations is of no surprise says FOMA Chairman Traci Houpapa.Friday 6th May 2016 Treaty of Waitangi rights protected in TPPA The Waitangi Tribunal’s ruling that the TPPA has not breached treaty obligations is of no surprise says FOMA Chairman Traci Houpapa. “Over the last 10 years New Zealand has entered into more than 110 trade agreements with the same provisions recognising the Treaty and the important place Māori hold in our country. We trust this decision will allay concerns and inform discussions. FOMA will...

Read More

FOMA Sees TPP Signing the Start of Wider Public Consultation

Press Release – FOMA FOMA has always sought to provide its members with relevant information on trade agreements that Maori will be affected by and the TPP is no different. The signing of the agreement next week signals the beginning of a 12month public consultation …FOMA Sees TPP Signing as the Start of Wider Public Consultation “FOMA has always sought to provide its members with relevant information on trade agreements that Maori will be affected by and the TPP is no different. The signing of the agreement next week signals the beginning of a 12month public consultation period which we are looking forward to actively participating in.” says Federation of Maori Authorities Chairman Traci Houpapa. “We support the need for independent analysis of the TPP and the benefits for Maori and all New Zealanders” Over the last ten years around 110 treaties and agreements related to trade and export have been passed by New Zealand government, all of which include provisions for protecting and upholding the Crown – Treaty partnership. “New Zealand is unique. We are the only TPP partner amongst the twelve countries to have recognised its indigenous peoples by enshrining Te Tiriti O Waitangi and exempting the WAI262 claim,” Ms Houpapa said that over the coming year FOMA will work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry for Primary Industries and other officials in...

Read More

FOMA Welcomes New Trade Opportunities through TPPA

Press Release – FOMA Federation of Maori Authorities Chairman Traci Houpapa welcomes the signed TPP as a new approach to strategic and political partnerships, “New Zealand is a trading nation, we must optimise our exports and trade relationships for the wealth and prosperity …Tuesday 6 October, 2015 FOMA Welcomes New Trade Opportunities through TPPA Federation of Maori Authorities Chairman Traci Houpapa welcomes the signed TPP as a new approach to strategic and political partnerships, “New Zealand is a trading nation, we must optimise our exports and trade relationships for the wealth and prosperity of all New Zealanders.” She says the TPP laid a new trade and export pathway for New Zealand and for Maori enabling access to a wider regional economic agreement for the greater Pacific Rim. “Maori have always traded across Te Moananui A Kiwa so the TPP is a contemporary expression of age-old trading routes. The removal of tariffs is an immediate advantage for Maori exporters and the agreement sets the stage for better gains in the future. New Zealand has been represented by arguably the best trade negotiators in the world in the TPP talks and we are confident that Minister Grosser and his team have landed the best possible deal for New Zealand.” She said that it was critical that New Zealand took its place at the TPP table alongside other major economies. “The TPP...

Read More