Nelson is Second City to Pass Critical Resolution on TPPA

Press Release – Nelson City Council Nelson City Council passed a resolution setting a number of conditions for an acceptable Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on Thursday 18 July. There were 6 votes for, 1 against and 2 abstentions.25 July 2013 Nelson is Second City to Pass Critical Resolution on TPPA Nelson City Council passed a resolution setting a number of conditions for an acceptable Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on Thursday 18 July. There were 6 votes for, 1 against and 2 abstentions. The Nelson motion mirrors one passed by Auckland City last December. The Council declined the recommendation of a council researcher for a shortened, less critical version and adopted the full resolution. Cr. Mike Ward, who moved the motion, spoke forcefully in favour of it, pointing to the risk the TPPA posed to the healthy and participatory life of local communities. The resolution calls on the government to conclude negotiations on the TPPA and other free trade agreements in a way that provides net positive benefits for Nelson and New Zealand – and sets out a list of criteria to satisfy that test. The conditions target areas of particular concern to the powers and responsibilities of local government. They include retaining the right to give local preferences when spending ratepayers’ money on public procurement, and the right to choose whether particular services or facilities are provided in house...

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