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Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon request a stop of all corona vaccination studies and call for co-signing the petition

On December 1, 2020, the ex-Pfizer head of respiratory research Dr. Michael Yeadon and the lung specialist and former head of the public health department Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg filed an application with the EMA, the European Medicine Agency responsible for EU-wide drug approval, for the immediate suspension of all SARS CoV 2 vaccine studies, in particular the BioNtech/Pfizer study on BNT162b (EudraCT number 2020-002641-42).

Dr. Wodarg and Dr. Yeadon demand that the studies – for the protection of the life and health of the volunteers – should not be continued until a study design is available that is suitable to address the significant safety concerns expressed by an increasing number of renowned scientists against the vaccine and the study design.

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No Government should ever have the power to make vaccinations mandatory (NZ)

This comes from Jami-Lee Ross and the Advance NZ party. The only person standing up in Parliament right now to defend your right of choice with health interventions. I am posting this info because it is very pertinent right now … I am not a member of the party. Please watch & listen. EWR
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The bad news is – our amendment to safeguard your rights that I took to Parliament for you was rejected by other political parties.

“Let’s step up our No Forced Vaccinations Campaign. Join the fight right now to keep protecting our personal freedoms and say No to Forced Vaccination laws: www.advancenz.org.nz/membership

If you have signed our No Forced Vaccinations petition, or you care deeply about this issue, I have good news and bad news. And we need your help to take this fight further.

The good news is – people care! Over 13,000 people have now signed our petition. Thank you again for your support!

The bad news is – our amendment to safeguard your rights that I took to Parliament for you was rejected by other political parties.

Our safeguard amendment would have made a change to the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act so the Government could never issue a notice requiring a person to be vaccinated “without the written consent of the person or, in the case of a child, the written consent of that child’s parent or guardian.”

We must retain a parent’s right to make decisions about their own family’s health and well-being.

The current Government has put in place the new law with broad and dangerous powers that gives them the ability to override your rights and the Bill of Rights.

We also know the parties in opposition have been actively pursuing “No Jab No Pay” policies.

When Parliament won’t act to protect your personal freedoms, we all need to take action and stand up for our rights. I pledge to fight this on your behalf.

You believe in personal freedom and the right to make decisions about your own body. I need your help to fight for this for you and your family.

I started the Advance NZ Party to give these issues a voice. Now together we can fight for the No Forced Vaccinations safeguard amendment.

If you want to see a change to this law, we need your help to prove to the Electoral Commission that at least 500 people support issues like this. Only by registering will the Electoral Commission let us campaign as a party on this policy.

We must never allow a Government to have the power to make personal health decisions about our bodies. Right now they have the power to do just that. Help us fix this dangerous law for the good of our country and future generations.

Join the fight right now to keep protecting our personal freedoms! It takes 2 mins to join, is confidential, and only costs $2.
www.advancenz.org.nz/membership

PETITION to use New Zealand’s own bank to fund the Covid19 rescue package

You might want to sign this… remember this? …  Small Business Rescue Earned Banks $10 Billion In Fees

share … EWR

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/community_petitions/grant_robertson_use_new_zealands_own_bank_to_fund_the_covid19_rescue_package_1/

 

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ANOTHER Environmental Catastrophe caused by CORRUPTION (right here in NZ)

Another Agenda 21 land grab? Stand over tactics, bullying, night visits with flashlights … disturbing … 

‘This video proves that New Zealand’s “Clean, Green” status is nothing more than a HOAX.’

Sign the petition today to save this pristine valley. Thank you.
https://www.toko.org.nz/petitions/no-mt-messenger-bypass-save-mangapepeke-valley

Driven by Greedy, Corrupt Corporations:

“This is truly an inspiring documentary which highlights how greed and monetary value can destroy, not only the lives of others, but entire ecosystems filled with life. As a society we have taken far too much from our planet, and this documentary proves that New Zealand’s “Clean, Green” image is nothing more than a hoax.

Humans rely on the natural environment for everything we have. Without it, we WILL die. New Zealand’s unique, endemic species are depopulating by the second, with extinction just around the corner. How much must we destroy until we come to this realisation?

Do we want our children, and our children’s children to hear the birdsong, explore native bush, and to continue generations on our planet?
It is ‘developments’ like these which make this future impossible.

It takes 30 seconds to sign the petition.
If you love our beautiful nation, support this cause and make a difference!

Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi.
Without foresight or vision the people will be lost.”

-Anastasia Collier

31,487 American scientists, 9,029 with PhDs, have signed a petition calling for US Govt to reject the global warming agreement

The purpose of the Petition Project is to demonstrate that the claim of “settled science” and an overwhelming “consensus” in favor of the hypothesis of human-caused global warming and consequent climatological damage is wrong. No such consensus or settled science exists. As indicated by the petition text and signatory list, a very large number of American scientists reject this hypothesis.

Publicists at the United Nations, Mr. Al Gore, and their supporters frequently claim that only a few “skeptics” remain – skeptics who are still unconvinced about the existence of a catastrophic human-caused global warming emergency.

It is evident that 31,487 Americans with university degrees in science – including 9,029 PhDs, are not “a few.” Moreover, from the clear and strong petition statement that they have signed, it is evident that these 31,487 American scientists are not “skeptics.”

These scientists are instead convinced that the human-caused global warming hypothesis is without scientific validity and that government action on the basis of this hypothesis would unnecessarily and counter productively damage both human prosperity and the natural environment of the Earth.

See info at the link below:

http://www.petitionproject.org/index.php

Summary of Peer Reviewed Research:
http://www.petitionproject.org/review_article.php

If you don’t want globalist Jacinda signing any of your remaining sovereignty over to the UN Kiwis, sign this PETITION

This concerns the UN Global Compact for Migration. To bring you up to speed on this go here: The UN’s Sinister Blueprint for Globalist Migration Hell. And note, this is not about us being mean to homeless immigrants, (bearing in mind we have more than 43K homeless here ourselves) … there is another agenda afoot.

This is the fast approaching Agenda 21 now known as Agenda 2030. See our Agenda 21/2030 pages, particularly the NZ sub page. Here’s what Arnold Toynbee had to say on topic way back in 1931.

“We are at present working discreetly, with all our might, to wrest this mysterious force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local nation states of the world. And all the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands.”
Arnold Toynbee – International Affairs, p.809, November 1931

The Agenda 21 folk are Fabian Socialists, their logo once a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  Read Dr Naomi Jacobs’ ebook at the Agenda 21/2030 in NZ page. This is aka Global Governance, New World Order, One World Government. You get the drift.  And Jacinda by the way is a globalist. As also is Helen Clarke and John Key.

The current government (corporation) is denying there will be any loss of sovereignty over decisions they make on migration or freedom of press and Jacinda says there will be further consultation before the 17th of December the day of signing.  That’s not long is it? And right on Christmas, ye old time worn tactic. National says NZ should pull out of the agreement which is laughable given, as the Stuff article points out, they started this process in 2016!  Flip flopping now the boot’s on the other foot. The devil’s advocate.


Petition of Carol Sakey – New Zealand Government to reject the United Nations Migration Compact

Published date: 3 Dec 2018

Petition request

That the House of Representatives urge the Government to confirm that it will not sign the United Nations Global Compact for Migration.

Petition reason

New Zealand already has many constraints that affect all New Zealanders’ lives: housing, health, mental health, economic, and other important factors relating to every day life in New Zealand. I believe the Government is unable to fulfil the basic human needs for many people in New Zealand, let alone more refugees or migrants. In my view, the UN Migration Compact leaves New Zealand open to illegal migrants entering our country.

SIGN AT THE LINK

 

https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/petitions/document/PET_82367/petition-of-carol-sakey-new-zealand-government-to-reject?fbclid=IwAR1ea7ElySZjIPuxSj7zsQAnWsRIhpLD8-CO_zPNjVDw4P79PGIGEsxkQ-Q

Despite 4K+ signatures against, a 1080 drop over Luggate, Alice Burn & Luggate Creek is going ahead

By Carol Sawyer

LUGGATE, NR WANAKA, OSPRI AERIAL 1080 POISON DROP GOES AHEAD, 19 JULY, 2018 – INCLUDING INTO THE ALICE BURN AND INTO LUGGATE CREEK

Despite a petition against the Luggate 1080 drop having 4,208 signatures, and a massive effort by some members of the local community to stop this drop, or at the very least have their concerns heard.

Despite the fact that, with no justification, OSPRI walked out of a public meeting, held to discuss the Luggate 1080 drop – a fact backed up in a media report by TBfreeNZ committee member Phil Hunt, who was there at the time.

Despite the fact that they have since destroyed the film they took of that meeting, which would have shown a calm and non-threatening gathering of 30 people, whereas they claimed they walked out over fears for their safety.( They had two security guards – these OSPRI men are mice ).

Despite the fact they have refused consistently to answer Luggate community queries since, ( with OSPRI Operations Extension officer Jennifer Lawn even hanging up the phone on Luggate resident Tracey Morrow, saying she didn’t have time for this conversation).

Despite the fact they have steadfastly refused to do any proper community consultation

Despite all of this and more……the drop goes ahead. These people care nothing for small communities or their concerns

1 ) OSPRI notification of aerial 1080 drop scheduled 19 July, 2018 – Wanaka Sun, 12 July, 2018

2 ) Map of drop zone ( We think ! There have been four maps !)

3 ) Photograph of public meeting in the Lake Wanaka Centre, 31 May, 2018, after OSPRI walked out. Phil Hunt, TBfree NZ committee member tried to assist by answering questions as well as he could.

See here : https://crux.org.nz/…/government-agency-walks-out-of-wanak…/

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Petition: “New Zealand government: Ban highly hazardous pesticides now!”

Please share this petition far and wide. We need rid of toxic and harmful substances from our environment. The petion is from the Northland Toxin Awareness Group (based in the Whangarei district).
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Why this is important

New Zealand has one of the highest breast cancer rates in the world, and studies link pesticides to cancer. There are about 100 highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) still in use in NZ, as defined by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation. In 2006, the FAO Council recommended that all HHPs be phased out globally. We call on the New Zealand government to respect the basic human rights to health and ban all HHPs!
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TO SIGN THE PETITION GO TO THIS LINK

NZ’s whitebait species will be totally extinct by 2034, warn environmental scientists

Header Photo Credit: Wikipedia (white baiting net on Hutt River NZ)

So the whitebait are declining our esteemed experts notice. Note, as always with mainstream, they doctor up aka re frame the terminology to make the information more palatable. For example the term “pollution” has become “declining water quality” which is, as we’ve been seeing for at least a century now, human sewage discharged into the waterways, industrial discharge from chemical factories and farming run off including pesticides, fertilizers and animal excrement, as well as the trampling of the edges of the waterways which whitebait need to spawn“. This pollution has all resulted in waterways that are too trashed & fouled for any living organism … and this is re framed as “a reduction in habitat”. Those terms are less distasteful than just plain “shit in the water”. It takes the spotlight off the main polluters also, these are industries run by corporations largely and we need to stay in bed with those because after all economic development is a priority over environment …. as we all know. This is also known as ‘sustainable development’. ‘Yeah right” I hear you say & I totally agree. Sustainable development is a scam right out of Agenda 21 now 2030 (the updated more fascist version, (see also Agenda 21/30 in NZ). And you’re thinking ‘fascist’ is rather extreme a term … not if you really look hard. And especially if you’ve ever tried to stop this pollution. In some countries you could be murdered for such a ‘crime’ as exposing polluting practices, however here in New Zealand (clean and green, GE free, corruption free, nuclear free and so on is the general fake spin) we’re a little more covert than that.   Note in their list of possible solutions … “ending commercial whitebaiting, introducing catch allowances for recreational whitebaiters and an independent review of the long-term sustainability of the fishery …” they all focus on fishing and nothing much about addressing the “declining water quality”. 
If you watch the following video from the Horowhenua you’ll hear also the commentary on how the whitebait breeding grounds are being destroyed by dairy beef cattle in un fenced water ways. (Dairy cattle are not allowed in the waterways, dairy beef cattle are … go figure on that one, courtesy of our Regional Council).

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NZ’s whitebait species will be totally extinct by 2034, warn environmental scientists

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Whitebait fritters a Kiwi favourite Photo Credit: Wikipedia

From TVNZ.co.nz

Environmental scientists are warning the government that all five native whitebait species will become extinct by 2034 if action isn’t taken immediately.

Massey University’s Kyleisha Foote and Pierce McNie presented a petition with more than 3000 signatures to the Primary Production Select Committee this morning.

They say commercial whitebait fishing, declining water quality, and a reduction in habitat are behind the falling number of whitebait.

According to the scientists, without immediate action one of the five whitebait species could be extinct within three years and all five will be extinct in 2034.

“We have known about the decline for a long time yet there has been no change in the management of the fishery in the last 20 years,” said Foote.

“We’re thinking if we don’t do anything now there’s going to be no whitebait left for recreation whitebaiters to go and be able to catch a feed.”

 

They made a raft of recommendations including ending commercial whitebaiting, introducing catch allowances for recreational whitebaiters and an independent review of the long-term sustainability of the fishery.

READ MORE & SEE VIDEO

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/nzs-whitebait-species-totally-extinct-2034-warn-environmental-scientists

A Horowhenua Group has presented 2,300+ signatures to HDC opposing the community housing sale & raise many unanswered questions about this secret deal

Further to our previous article on this topic, this information is quoted with permission from the Facebook page of the Horowhenua District Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association. It speaks to some of the questions people have been asking in the past few days since the sale of Horowhenua’s community housing, and raises many more. I find it concerning there was only ONE councillor on a publicly excluded council panel evaluating pensioner housing proposals. Read the other concerns they raise.
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link to the fb page is at the end of the article. Any emphases in the article are mine.
NOTE: further updates on this issue, unless they warrant a further article, will be added as an update at the end of the article at this link.
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Horowhenua District Council mayor Michael Feyen accepts the petition from one of the organisers Christine Moriarty and petition supporters in council chambers.

“The sale must be halted and HUG will fight to the end to stop this sale from proceeding. Watch this space” Andrea Smyth, spokesperson

A Horowhenua group that presented a petition to district mayor Michael Feyen signed by 2300 in ten days by people objecting to the sale of their dedicated pensioner housing vows to fight on to prevent what they call the stripping out of a significant asset in a questionable land deal.

As well as 115 units spread throughout the district the pensioner housing portfolio also includes one point one hectare of land in Levin and is estimated to be worth in real terms at least $26 million.

The petition was organised by a group against the pensioner housing sale called Horowhenua United Group (HUG) which includes Horowhenua District Ratepayers and Residents Assoc Inc, the MuaUpoko Co-operative Society, Labour Party and NZ First.

Councillor Jo Mason who chairs council’s wellbeing committee, and was the only councillor on a publicly excluded council panel evaluating pensioner housing proposals, was invited to accept the petition too but her only response to HUG was a text that said, “Got your message-will call when I am free.” She never did call back.

HUG spokesperson Andrea Smythe said further action may include legal action to argue in favour of setting up a Trust, instead of selling, one of the options which seventy people who attended a community organised public meeting recently voted in favour of.

Details of the sale of the pensioner housing have been leaking like a sieve ever since land developer and Cr Wayne Bishop emerged from a publicly excluded council meeting on the sale last Tuesday to announce the pensioner housing asset had been sold.

Since then questions and speculations have been running rife including that a community housing provider will lease the land and the land has been sold separately. But the most damaging claim of all is that certain unnamed council officers and councillors have set up a company to buy the land.

Ms Smythe, “We have a right to know whether this is true and if it is true is it even legal? Can council officers and councillors set up a company arrangement to benefit financially and personally from the sale of a significant publicly owned asset?

“Can the title to an asset we have been told by chief executive David Clapperton all along will be bought by a stage one community housing provider be split up like this? If this is all true we are feeling greatly deceived by our own council especially if it eventuates that some council officers and councillors will be financially benefiting by millions of dollars from the sale.

“Especially when shareholders are very angry about the proposed sale and furthermore have been denied access to the details of the sale agreement partly by the very same council officers and councillors who are said to be involved in setting up a business structure to buy the land the pensioner housing is built on.

Also, if this is all true [and it’s bad enough if it is] does this therefore questionable sale still fall within the mandate of being considered a community housing provider in a legal and statutory sense if the community provider leases the land and doesn’t own it?”

“Community housing providers are eligible for tax and Government financial benefits but will the landowners, if they are a separate entity, also be eligible for Government discounts? Or will the new landowners charge leases based on indirectly financially benefiting from Government tax and other financial incentives provided by the Government to the community housing provider?

“All this does is raise further concerns about what kind of deal has been done and whether it is true the land will be leased to a community housing provider already publicly named as the Sisters of Compassion.

“We have grave concerns whether this sale agreement conforms with expected practice in the provision of community housing services. What would happen if the leases go up and then these increases are passed on to the tenants? How would that be fulfilling the community housing contract?

“And if it is true the Sisters of Compassion will be leasing the land to provide the community housing services how long will the terms of the lease be? Is this a thinly disguised attempt to landbank a valuable housing portfolio so the landowners can make a profit at a later date? Who is the person or company who are buying a significant amount of land locally if the land is being sold as a separate entity? Do the new owners include council representatives?

“Perhaps the plan is to landbank the asset until further down the legislative track when land developers may be able to register as community housing providers to secure financial benefits through tax and other Government incentives. There are far more questions than answers though surrounding this significant ratepayer and resident asset that houses our most vulnerable elderly residents which makes this sale untenable. And we want answers to these serious concerns,” she said.

If attempts at stopping the sale fails HUG would also like to know what plans council has for the money from the sale of the pensioner housing portfolio as, “I am sure the ratepayers and residents would like to know whether there is any profits from the sale and what will happen with the profits. Will the money be set aside in a separate account?” said Ms Smythe.

One of the criticisms leveled at council by internationally recognised financial organisation Standard and Poor’s in a recent credit rating report was the council did not have enough “cash assets” so HUG wants to know what will happen with cash assets from this sale?

“Will the cash assets from the fire sale of this valuable asset, that will never be able to be replaced, just be absorbed into council’s general income stream to disappear forever from public scrutiny? Will our rates decrease so the ratepayers and residents, the shareholders of this significant asset, see a real return too on their asset? Is council even proposing they do this? No, they are not, but the shareholders should get to financially benefit too if the sale does proceed. So, what will happen to any cash profits from the sale,” Ms Smythe said.

The group says the way decisions have been made on this important local matter contravenes at least council’s own draft significance and engagement policy and the spirit and intention of the Local Official Government and Meetings Act to behave with openess and transparency not to mention perceived claims of fraudulent behaviour in the event it is true council officers and councillors are involved in the land sale.

“We have seen this council hold secret meetings under the cloak of ‘commercial confidentiality’ far too frequently and with little cause which is why we don’t trust this sale process or even recognise council’s mandate to sell this significant taonga on our behalf,” said Ms Smythe

“The sale must be halted and HUG will fight to the end to stop this sale from proceeding. Watch this space,” she said.

HUG spokesperson Andrea Smythe
contact: media contact 027 2443211 for more information

Image: Horowhenua District Council mayor Michael Feyen accepts the petition from one of the organisers Christine Moriarty and petition supporters in council chambers.

Horowhenua District Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc

 

For further information regarding HDC visit our Horowhenua page under ‘Local Govt Watch’ at the main menu.

PESTICIDES TO STAY IN NZ BABY FOOD – OURS HAS 533% MORE THAN THE EU DOES!

I find this particularly shocking. 533% MORE! What could our authorities be thinking? Do their babies eat this poison? Best to prepare your own organic vegetables Kiwis. At least then you know what your baby is eating. Some of those pesticides are known carcinogens and remember the poison is cumulative.  EnvirowatchRangitikei

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“New Zealand baby food had 533% more pesticide residues than the EU”

Safe Food Campaign
Media release Safe Food Campaign 28 May 2015

PESTICIDES TO STAY IN BABY FOOD

Pesticides are to stay in baby food, in spite of a petition presented to parliament. The Primary Production Committee decided today not to act on the Safe Food Campaign petition asking for zero tolerance for pesticide residues in baby food, even though such directives are currently in place in the European Union.

The Committee acknowledged the public interest to New Zealanders and the concern felt about toxins in food, especially for parents of new-borns and young children. However they did not call for a more extensive baby food residue surveillance programme, as suggested by the Safe Food Campaign.

“Every five to six years a mere eight samples of four different kinds of baby food are analysed for pesticide residues,” said Alison White, Co-convenor of the Safe Food Campaign, “and this is absolutely inadequate.”

“Certain pesticides, including some detected in New Zealand baby food, have been found to be linked to cancer progression and endocrine or hormonal disruption,” said Dr Heli Matilainen of the Safe Food Campaign.

Pesticides were found in over 30% of baby food samples in the last Total Diet Survey in 2009. Ms White contrasted this to the EU: “New Zealand baby food had 533% more pesticide residues. The EU had an average of less than 6% of baby food samples positive for pesticide residues over 6 years.”

“We want to make parents more aware of the dangers that certain pesticide residues pose to babies and young children,” Ms White stated. “To this end, we are running a campaign the week of the 15 June to protect our children from toxic pesticides here in New Zealand, following the pesticide awareness campaign of Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific. More details will be available on our website.”

READ MORE

http://www.safefood.org.nz/mediababypest15.php

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It’s Our Future: TPPA News Bulletin

Cited straight from It’s Our Future’s mail update … sign up here to receive their updates to your mailbox: http://itsourfuture.org.nz/news/
(Clearly the rumour was correct for signing of the TPPA here in NZ).

It’s Our Future: TPPA News Bulletin #80

17 December 2015

In this Bulletin:

NZ to host TPPA signing on 4 February 2016
Poll shows Kiwis against the TPPA
TPPA looking shaky offshore
Treaty of Waitangi challenge continues
Groser buys more time on OIA
Local Government resolutions
The Trade and Climate Change nexus
And Good Riddance Groser!
And there are lots of ways to take action – Sign a petition to the Governor-General; declare your place a TPPA Free Zone; tell Labour you want them to be clear about opposing the TPPA; planning for the regional tour; say good riddance to Tim Groser; and prepare for anti-signing action on 4 February.

TPPA Latest

National government plans to host TPPA signing on 4 Feb

The NZ government has offered to host a ministerial meeting of all 12 countries to sign the deal. We believe that will happen on 4th February next year. The government is hiding behind the same old secrecy, but Fran O’Sullivan says it is in Auckland. Put the date in your diary. More details about actions to come!

Kiwis against the TPPA

In successive polls, Kiwis have rejected the TPPA. A stunning TV3 Reid Research poll revealed that a majority of NZ voters reject the TPPA. The coverage said that 52% rejected the TPPA (some people didn’t have an opinion, and the rejection was over 60% of those who expressed an opinion). 73% of Labour supporters were against it (is Andrew Little listening?), 84% Greens and 87% NZ First. Even 23% of National Party supporters were against the TPPA. That’s an amazing result especially as it came after a month of media carrying the government’s PR and spin while we couldn’t see the final text. Then last week, 97.5% voted no to TPPA in an online referendum run by the people’s ‘Real Choice’.

TPPA looking shaky

The TPPA is looking very shaky in the US – it is being opposed by senior Republicans and Democrats, including some of those who voted for Fast Track Authority for the President. It is also opposed by front-running political candidates from both parties. As a result, the vote may be postponed until after the US elections (in November 2016), they might try to re-open negotiations or it may never be approved. It is important to know that there are still many ways that this agreement can be defeated.

Waitangi Tribunal challenge set for March 2016

The Waitangi Tribunal has granted an urgent hearing on the TPPA in mid-March. It will focus on 2 questions: does the Treaty of Waitangi exception really protect Maori as the government says it does, tested against several scenarios; and what process should the Crown be adopting with its Treaty partner in relation to the TPPA.

Gear up for the submissions process

If the government signs, the TPPA will be sent to a Parliamentary Select Committee for review. The government can ignore what the committee says but it is still a really important way to send a message to both National and Labour. The committee doesn’t have to call for submissions but it will. It may also hold hearings around the country if there is enough demand. We are already preparing guides for submissions, Again, watch this space.

Groser fobs off Official Information Act obligations

The High Court ordered Trade Minister Groser to revisit his refusal to release TPPA documents under the Official Information Act. He waited to the last possible minute to say he wasn’t going to appeal, but couldn’t decide what if anything he would release until 5 February 2016 – the day after he aims to sign the deal. The Court recognised this was really frustrating but didn’t have enough basis to order the Minister to act more promptly, So the cat and mouse game of secrecy continues.

Local Government Action

TPP Action in Dunedin on the 14th December and both Upper Hutt and Porirua on the 16th December addressed the respective Councils in regard to the Greater Wellington Regional Council decision of 4th November and following the 18thNovember letter to all Councils. Jen Olsen with the support of Sir Alan Marks (Wise Response) and Stuart Mathieson and a few more in the public gallery spoke to the Dunedin meeting. Here is the news story from the Otago Daily Times.

The Trade and Climate Change nexus

As expected, the Paris Agreement on climate change was signed without any clauses to stop climate actions from being blocked by trade agreements like TPPA. The contrast between the two agreements demonstrates the real priorities of government and big business. The Paris Agreement on climate change has 31 pages, and its actions are largely voluntary and non-binding. The TPPA has 6194 pages and contains thousands of binding and enforceable provisions. The result? Trade rules as this article shows.
There was a meeting of international trade and climate campaigners on Paris, together with Naomi Klein, to coordinate strategies and build a longer term campaign for transformational change. More on the global campaign to come later.

Analysis of the TPPA text

Jane Kelsey and Barry Coates are coordinating a series of research papers, revealing the details buried in 6000+ pages of the TPPA text. These research papers are authored by leading academics or experts, peer reviewed and referenced. They are a credible source of information. Be warned, they are not light reading! Short advocacy papers will be prepared by Action Station on the basis of the research, for release in January. See the release of the first papers here.

A guide to the TPPA’s processes: The first expert paper from Jane Kelseyexplains the processes in NZ and the US if the TPPA is signed, how the US can pressure other countries to make more concessions, what has to happen before the agreement can come into force, and how its processes can fetter our regulatory sovereignty.

Legal analysis of investment chapter: The expert paper on investment by Amokura Kawharu provides a technical assessment of the chapter and how it increases the risks New Zealand faces under the TPPA.
Research papers on Labour, the Environment, Local Government, Economics, Internet/E-commerce, Health, Public services, Finance and te Tiriti are underway and will follow in December/January.

Good Riddance Groser

The Minister of Trade has sold us out in the TPPA negotiations (and in climate negotiations). As a reward, has been posted to an important diplomatic post in Washington. Gordon Campbell’s article here suggests we will be a diplomatic disaster in the role.

Take Action!

Petition to the Governor-General

A petition has been launched to request that Governor-General commands the government to hold a binding referendum on the TPPA. It is clear that a majority of the population of our country don’t want the TPPA – we need to keep up the pressure for a referendum of the most important issue facing our country (not the flag!). Sign on to the petition. There is a full explanation of the petition and resource materials here.

TPPA Free Zones

Declare your home a TPPA Free Zone, or get your workplace to do so, your community centre, marae, youth centre, sports club, or wherever. This has been a powerful way to build a movement in past campaigns against nukes, the MAI etc. Download the logo here.

Pressure on Labour

A strong opposition to the TPPA needs the largest opposition party to be active and consistent. See Jane Kelsey’s open letter to Andrew Little here explaining how the TPPA abjectly fails ALL of Labour’s five tests and click here for information on how to contact your Labour MP. We are planning a postcard campaign in the New Year to ensure that Labour doesn’t vote for the TPPA in the Select Committee and in Parliament.

“Stop the Signing” Tour

We have plans for a speaking tour in the 10 days leading up to their proposed signing on 4 Feb with Jane Kelsey, Barry Coates, and hopefully a leading activist from the US. We will be in touch with local organisers and send out details as soon as details are settled.  The dates are likely to be in the period 25-31 January in major cities.

Summer of Campaigning

I hope you’re able to take action at beaches, in parks, at events, and in your communities over the summer. Look out for the next Bulletin after the New Year with more actions to come to build a strong voice across our country against the TPPA. Have a great Xmas and New Year!
Send any suggestions or feedback to me at barrycoatesnz@yahoo.com and please let me know if you can help out with our planned website re-vamp and design of campaign actions.
TPPA – it’s not over. Don’t sign!

TPPA in the News

Petition to the Governor-Generalhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1512/S00191/tppa-free-and-action-groups-petition-the-governor-general.htm

Real Choice results of the referendumhttp://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1512/S00085/new-zealanders-vote-no-to-the-tppa.htm and then they took the results into Parliament
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1512/S00127/question-time-interrupted-by-democracy.htm

Senior Republicans change their minds on the TPPAhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mcconnell-warns-that-trade-deal-cant-pass-congress-before-2016-elections/2015/12/10/b8151f26-9f66-11e5-8728-1af6af208198_story.html

Or are the Republicans just trying to get a better deal through side letters?https://ourfuture.org/20151214/dont-be-misled-tpp-still-coming-full-steam

There are huge pay-offs involved http://www.mintpressnews.com/211853-2/211853/

As if the TPPA isn’t bad enough, leaked documents from the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations reveal a further push to undermine democratic rightshttp://www.world-psi.org/en/great-climate-change-swindle

And the WTO ruled against the US rights to use country of origin consumer labelling for meat products http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lori-wallach/wto-orders-sanctions-unle_b_8748594.html

For story-telling about the TPPA’s health impacts in New Zealand, see Erik Monasterio’s address to the Association of Salaried Medical Specialistshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdNK1pBTVig