TPP: Protect our Rights, Protect our Taonga, Health & Future

Press Release – Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc The Government is selling our birth right to big businesses without regard for our people or our taonga.Media Release – 5 August 2015 Protect our Rights, Protect our Taonga, Protect our Health, Protect our Future The Government is selling our birth right to big businesses without regard for our people or our taonga. The ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement’ (TPPA) is a proposed regional free trade deal between 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region: New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, United States, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada. Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated does not agree with the secrecy surrounding the ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement’ process. Negotiations have been underway since 2005 but until very recently there has been considerable uncertainty about whether the deal would be concluded and, if so, when this would occur. With an agreement imminent the iwi wanted to ensure that our members and community were aware of the views of the iwi. Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated has consistently argued that the Crown must not assume international obligations that may adversely affect our ability to protect our language, our traditional knowledge and our taonga. In 2008 Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated made a submission raising our concerns about the about the issues under discussion in the negotiations. We also made it clear that Ngāti Kahungunu wanted to have the opportunity to review...

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