Tag: TPP Free Wellington

Stop-TPP Movement renews call for Binding Referendum

Press Release – TPP Free Wellington TPP-Free-Wellington marked the occasion of the Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade (FADT) Select Committees report tabling day (May 4) with a Binding Referendum Rally at Parliament.Stop-TPP Movement renews call for Binding Referendum before TPP is ratified. TPP-Free-Wellington marked the occasion of the Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade (FADT) Select Committee’s report tabling day (May 4) with a “Binding Referendum Rally” at Parliament. The nationwide “It’s Our Future” movement (which includes the local Wellington group) told the Select Committee that, “any decision to proceed with the ratification process must include a binding referendum”. Barry Coates, one of the movement’s leaders, emphasises, “There is concern over the TPP from a majority of the public across New Zealand, according to public opinion polls (TV3/Reid Research, November 2015).” “The Select Committee had public hearings in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland between mid-February and late April and the majority of people and groups who submitted written or oral presentations opposed the TPP being ratified.” Greg Rzesniowiecki TPP Free Wellington researcher and advocate, reports from his following the FADT committee proceedings, “Notable amongst those opposing TPP ratification are; The New Zealand Universities New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee1, Council of Trade Unions and many union affiliates, the New Zealand Medical Association, internet and copyright users associations including LIANZA (Library Association of NZ and Australia), and many concerned about health, environment, and human...

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Stop-TPP Movement renews call for Binding Referendum

Press Release – TPP Free Wellington TPP-Free-Wellington will mark the Select Committees reporting day with a Binding Referendum Rally at Parliament.Stop-TPP Movement renews call for Binding Referendum TPP-Free-Wellington will mark the Select Committee’s reporting day with a “Binding Referendum Rally” at Parliament. The 4th of May is the expected “tabling” of the Select Committee’s Report on TPP in Parliament. The nation-wide “It’s Our Future” movement (which includes the local Wellington group) told the Select Committee that, “any decision to proceed with the ratification process must include a binding referendum”. Barry Coates, one of the movement’s leaders, emphasizes, “There is concern over the TPP from a majority of the public across New Zealand, according to public opinion polls (TV3/Reid Research, November 2015).” TPP-Free-Wellington calls for supporters to rally this Wednesday 4 May, at 12 noon at Parliament, to support this call for a binding referendum. “We’ll find out that day whether the Select Committee has been listening to the public’s views which overwhelmingly oppose TPP”, says Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati from the local group. “We want to mark this occasion with a rally for democracy.” “We’re calling for a binding referendum because TPP would significantly undermine our elected representatives’ ability and freedom to work for us, only to give more power to foreign “investors” to secure their “property” and profits, and to offshore tribunals to enforce the new regime.” “Of course our...

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TPP Roadshow – TPP Free Wellington will attend

Press Release – TPP Free Wellington TPP Free will point to the elephant in the room. TPP Free Wellington will be attending the Roadshow and asking the hard questions!TPP Roadshow – TPP Free Wellington will attend “TPP Free will point to the elephant in the room.” TPP Free Wellington will be attending the Roadshow and asking the hard questions! “What ability will the government have once the TPP is in force to increase the charges for the taking of our fresh water resource by private water bottling enterprises?” The elephant in the room is the Transnational Corporations (TNC) driving the TPP treaty outcome. TNCs owe no allegiance to any nation state. They are driving 12 governments into a Pacific Common Market which protects the corporations’ investments at the expense of everyone else’s interests. The Europeans were asked first before joining their common market. Each new member joining holding a referendum. Why would New Zealand small business support this agreement? Where’s the benefit for them? ‘The TPP provides multinational competitors of New Zealand’s small businesses with new advantages such as access to an international tribunal to challenge government laws, access to procurement contracts of the New Zealand government and Councils, enhanced copyright and patents provisions, and they have continued access to other advantages like international tax havens.’ Wellington Electricity is proof of that bonanza. MFAT in their own paper in...

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Government House TPP Petition Handover 30/1

Press Release – TPP Free Wellington TPP Free Wellington petition supported by It’s Our Future and Action Station2 requests, ‘the Governor General to command the New Zealand Government to put the question of the TPP to a binding referendum before signing.’ 3 TPP Free Wellington’s Amanda Vickers, …Media Release 25 January 2016 Assemble Government House Gates 1pm Saturday 30th January for petition handover.1 TPP Free Wellington petition supported by It’s Our Future and Action Station2 requests, ‘the Governor General to command the New Zealand Government to put the question of the TPP to a binding referendum before signing.’3 TPP Free Wellington’s Amanda Vickers, “calls on everyone concerned about TPPA and the many petitioners to assemble 1pm Saturday 30 January at Government House gates, for the official handover. It is important to indicate support for His Excellency to take this critical action to protect the democracy and ensure that the New Zealand public has the opportunity to consent through binding referendum. The TPP is an imposition on our parliamentary sovereignty4 to make laws that protect the New Zealand public interest.”5 Tangata Whenua leadership is voicing its concern about TPP’s impacts on Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi).6 Many gathered for the Annual Ratana Church celebrations at Ratana Pa near Whanganui for the weekend (23-25 January). Rahui Papa, spokesman for Maori King Tuheitia, said in his Ratana speech that he...

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