Tag: Lyndon Hood

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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PM’s Post-Cabinet Press Conference 2/2/16: Waitangi And TPP

Article – Lyndon Hood PM’s Post-Cabinet Press Coference 2/2/16: Waitangi And TPP Again, But More So Click for big version. PM’s Post-Cabinet Press Conference 2/2/16: Waitangi And TPP Again, But More So Click for big version. Prime Minister John Key today said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees tonight. Media reports have indicated a Ngapuhi meeting voted not to invite the PM but local hapu said he should be welcomed. The debate comes after controversy over the TPP agreement’s effect on treaty rights and whether Maori were adequately consulted in the deal’s negotiation. Mr Key said protocol considered the Lower Marae the gateway to the Treaty Grounds, so if he was not invited he would not visit Waitangi at all. He would also not attend if he could not speak and was unwilling to accept limitation on his speech. On the TPP Key reiterated the expected trade benefits, which he said were likely understated in official projections. Responding to reports on US negoiators, he said New Zealand was against extending patent terms for biologics beyond the agreed limits. Other matters included Labour’s distinction between parts of the TPP enabling legislation and the trade treaty itself, a letter of support Tony Abbott wrote on a possibly Helen Clark...

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PM’s Press Conference 26/1/16: TPP, Waitangi, Sheep

Article – Lyndon Hood Other commitments mean Prime Minister John Key’s first post-cabinet press conference for the year would be a short one. Before explaining this, Key showed willing by rattling through his summary of Cabinet discussions mostly a list of things the … PM’s Press Conference 26/1/16: TPP, Waitangi, Return of the Saudi Sheep Other commitments mean Prime Minister John Key’s first post-cabinet press conference for the year would be a short one. Before explaining this, Key showed willing by rattling through his summary of Cabinet discussions – mostly a list of things the Government will continue to do – like a man whose goal was to get through all the words as quickly as possible. Key will announce new infrastructure spending in Auckland tomorrow. He would not confirm the announcement would see rail loop spending brought forward. On the TPP trade agreement, which will be signed in Auckland next week, Key said ‘we won’t get rich selling to ourselves’ and it was ‘inconceivable’ would let itself be left out of such an agreement. On the earlier-than planned release of the National Interest Analysis he said “There’s been a lot of misinformation about TPP, we released a fair bit when we first announced the deal, we’ve released the text and the National Interest Analysis is just another step in that.” He maintained investor-state dispute mechanisms were there to...

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Scoop Audio: Jane Kelsey On The TPP Text

Article – Lyndon Hood Professor Jane Kelsey held a TPP briefing for media in the Green Party’s Parliamentary offices today. She covered the current timeline and obstacles for US and NZ adoption of the agreement, the status of NZ challenges relating to negotiations, specific … Scoop Audio: Jane Kelsey On The TPP Text Professor Jane Kelsey held a TPP briefing for media in the Green Party’s Parliamentary offices today. She covered the current timeline and obstacles for US and NZ adoption of the agreement, the status of NZ challenges relating to negotiations, specific issues so far raised by the released text, and plan for full analysis in the New Zealand context. Side-letters to the text are still being released and these both change the detail of the agreement for specific countries and suggest and suggest how the deal was expected to operate by different negotiators. Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either MP3 format or in OGG format. She had received a Government response to the court judgment on her Official Information Act for TPP negotiation documents. She gathered the Government was unlikely to appeal but would continue to use procedural delays. An urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing has been pending on the release of the text and discussions on the topics covered by this are underway. It is unclear whether either of these processes...

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2012 In Lyndon Hoods: Satire & Images

Column – Lyndon Hood Satire, editorial images and the occasion piece of non-news from The Year Of All The People In The News Basically Being A Bit Useless. Except Keith Ng. He’s cool. 2012 In Lyndon Hoods: Satire & Images Satire, editorial images and the occasion piece of non-news from The Year Of All The People In The News Basically Being A Bit Useless. Except Keith Ng. He’s cool. *** January February March April May June July August September October November December *** January [top] As part of worldwide action against Megaupload.com, police raid Kim Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion, making arrests and seizing property. “Well that went rather well: sorted,” police sources report. Prime Minister John Key proposes ‘keeping things interesting’ with a year-long game of Tory Roulette, where National ministers take turns shooting their mouth off. 10/1/12: 2011 In Lyndon Hoods: Satire, Pics, And News In Review For those of you who weren’t paying attention: 2011 in satire, images and coverage of some of the less official kind of news. More>> Click for big version. Campaign Against Foreign Control Of Aotearoa – Time for Government to Get Back Into Insurance Business Click for big version. Tom Frewen – NZ on Air Spooked by Political Interference Scoop News – Megaupload.com shut down; Four Arrested In New Zealand *** February [top] Local youths pay agreed price for scalped tickets to Homegrown...

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