Tag: Hamish Cardwell

Opposition Parties Critical of TPPA

Article – Hamish Cardwell Members of the Mana, Mori, Labour, Green, and NZ First Party are highly critical of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) which could be agreed upon in a meeting of trade ministers in Singapore this weekend. Opposition Parties’ Critical of TPPA Online petition signed by 26,000 people including letters to MP’s – 4 December 2013 Scoop Audio+Video+Photos By Hamish Cardwell Click for big version. Members of the Mana, Māori, Labour, Green, and NZ First Party are highly critical of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) which could be agreed upon in a meeting of trade ministers in Singapore this weekend. They called for the Government to release the draft text so that parliament and the public could debate the document. Representatives from the parties each spoke for three minutes at a press conference in Wellington to lay out their concerns about the TPPA, and then took questions. A conference organiser said a campaign to highlight the secrecy of the TPPA resulted in 26,000 signatures on an e-petition, or letters to political leaders, all calling for release of the draft text. Full audio of the conference ******* Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either MP3 format or in OGG format. ******* Green Party Co-Leader Russel Norman Click for big version. Mr Norman said the big issue was transparency. Other governments had been more...

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PM Press Conference – APEC | LVR Changes | Tony Abbott

Article – Hamish Cardwell At his weekly post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister John Key discussed the upcoming APEC summit in Bali, the Reserve Bank’s LVR changes, and his meeting with new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday. PM Press Conference – APEC | LVR Changes | Tony Abbott 30 September 2013 Scoop Audio+Video+Photos By Hamish Cardwell At his weekly post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister John Key discussed the upcoming APEC summit in Bali, the Reserve Bank’s LVR changes, and his meeting with new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday. Full video and audio of the press conference below. ******* Video will be able to be viewed at approximately 8.30pm ******* M Key said he did not expect to sign any final free trade deals at the APEC summit this weekend, but that good progress was being made. More talks between New Zealand and the United States were needed around agriculture and intellectual property. He would not release details of the negotiations while they still going on, but the information would become public as it would be tabled in the house. Mr Key said he would be the first world leader to meet Mr Abbott but did not expect to get any “deliverables” from him in their first meeting. He expected they would discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership, asylum seekers and the treatment of New Zealanders in Australia....

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Labour on a “War Footing” on Cunliffes’s 1st Day as Leader

Article – Hamish Cardwell Labour are on ‘Warfooting and have kicked off the beginning of the 2014 election campaign said Labour leader David Cunliffe on his first day the role. David Cunliffe: Labour on “War Footing” on First Day as Leader David Cunliffe’s first press standup as leader – 16 September 2013 Scoop Audio+Video+Photos By Hamish Cardwell Labour are on ‘Warfooting” and have kicked off the beginning of the 2014 election campaign said Labour leader David Cunliffe on his first day in the role. ******* (Video will be able to be viewed later this evening) ******* Speaking at a press conference, Mr Cunliffe said he had the backing of all of his caucus colleagues, and that the leadership election had given him a strong mandate. A new deputy leader and whips would be announced after caucus meets tomorrow morning, and these “may or may not be” the same people as they were today. “There is a new train leaving the station and I want everyone on it. There will be one set of rules for all. It will be a meritocracy, we will do the very best we can for the whole party and New Zealand.” He said he did not expect anyone to resign. Mr Cunliffe said he know John Key when they were both backbenchers in Auckland, and that he like him as a person, but he...

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PM Press Conference – Syria | Living Wage | Asset Sales

Article – Hamish Cardwell He said New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully had had talks with United States Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend, during which, Mr Kerry had asked for New Zealand’s moral support in any military interventions in Syria. PM Press Conference – Syria | Living Wage | Asset Sales Referendum- 2 September 2013 Scoop Audio+Video+Photos By Hamish Cardwell Click for big version. At a short post-cabinet press conference this week Prime Minister John Key discussed New Zealand’s potential involvement in the civil war in Syria and Labour leadership candidates’ call for a living wage for all government staff. ******* ******* Scoop coverage began after Prime Minister finished his prepared remarks. Mr Key said the unfolding conflict in Syria as a “great human tragedy”. He said New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully had had talks with United States Secretary of State John Kerry over the weekend, during which, Mr Kerry had asked for New Zealand’s moral support in any military interventions in Syria. Mr Key said New Zealand would debate any potential involvement in the war in parliament but the final decision would rest with the executive. Mr Key said the triggering of a postal referendum on asset sales, which had announced earlier that day, would be “an utter waste of money” and would likely only be filled in by critics of the programme. National...

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