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Anti-TPPA protest in Wellington (with photos)

Article – Megan Gattey More than one thousand protesters marched on Parliament to voice their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal in Wellington this afternoon.Anti-TPPA protest in Wellington (with photos) Story and photos by Megan Gattey Protesters marching down Lambton Quay. More than one thousand protesters marched on Parliament to voice their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal in Wellington this afternoon. The protest marked the end of the TPPA Action Week, in which thousands of people around the country banded together to protest the TPPA. The march started at Midland Park at 1pm and ended at Parliament. Wellington anti-TPPA protest #TPPA #wellington pic.twitter.com/yvAFJ9I1Qv — Megan Gattey (@megangattey) August 15, 2015 President of the Tertiary Education Unit Sandra Grey spoke to the protesters at Midland Park. “I think we should tell these jokers to walk away,” she said. “This deal has been in negotiation since 2005. It has been in negotiation behind closed doors.” Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati of the Mana Party also spoke to the protesters before the march. She said signing the deal would be nothing short of treason. Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati of the Mana Party speaks at Midland Park. “They know in the light of day this would be voted down,” she said. It’s Our Future spokesman Edward Miller said the group’s message was simple: “TPPA Walk Away”. “This deal is not in New Zealand’s...

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Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy

Article – Megan Gattey Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today.Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy By Megan Gattey Photo: Francis Cook Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today. The TPP agreement was unable to be concluded over the weekend, and Key said there were a few challenging issues still remaining. “There is a finite window where if we can’t complete the deal in that time, it becomes for difficult for the United States and others,” he said. The offer on dairy from the discussions were “not close enough for a deal to be concluded”, he said. “We want to get the best deal for New Zealand, but not at any cost.” Key said he was confident that the involved countries would reach an agreement that would be in the best interests of New Zealanders. “We won’t get rich selling to ourselves.” He said coming to an agreement would give New Zealand exporters and investors access to more than 8 million companies, and ultimately the TPP would create better opportunities and standard or living for New Zealanders. Justice Amy Adams will soon be announcing a discussion document about...

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