“It’s Our Future will hold a march down Queen St on Thursday 4th February. It will be loud, colourful, family-friendly and inclusive of all those who oppose the signing of the TPPA. It will be a symbol of the massive public opposition to the Key government signing the TPPA.
“Hosting the signing of the TPPA at Sky City just before Waitangi Day is a calculated move by the government, presumably with the goal of inciting violence and attempting to discredit the huge campaign against the TPPA”, says spokesperson for Its Our Future, Barry Coates.
“The Key government could have chosen a venue that would have been easy to secure and less of a symbolic target,” Coates said. “By announcing riot training for police, specifically targeted at the Sky City signing, the government has ramped up the level of provocation to opponents of the deal.”
“It’s Our Future, the network organising the main campaign against the TPPA, is not buying into the government’s game plan. We will hold a loud and passionate march down Queen St on 4 February 2016 continuing our kaupapa of family-friendly protest and non-violence.”….”
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The TPPA’s Dirty Little Secret: How US could write NZ’s Laws
From Professor Jane Kelsey, a press release dated 13 August 2014. NZ has a protest day tomorrow 7th March against the TPPA. Still everything is top secret and warning bells are continually being sounded as to what will be in store should this agreement go ahead. It is being negotiated on our behalf without our consent. Visit the website …itsourfuture (links on the TPPA page) to discover your nearest organized protest and do attend if you can
“‘Effectively, the US claims the right to decide what a country’s obligations are under a trade and investment agreement and refuses to bring the agreement into force in relation to that country until it has changed its laws, regulations and administrative processes to fit the US interpretation’, Professor Kelsey explained.
Statements from members of US Congress and the US Trade Representative (USTR) suggest prime targets for New Zealand would be our copyright and patent laws, the foreign investment vetting regime, the procedures by which Pharmac operates, and Fonterra’s ‘anti-competitive monopoly’.
‘The other eleven governments are aware of the certification process and many are concerned. But no one has told the public how the US can effectively redraft our laws.’
Professor Kelsey has co-authored a memorandum that draws on the experience of countries that have been subjected to the US certification process in recent years.”……
“‘In other words New Zealanders, including MPs, might never know that the US was involved in writing our laws and demanding the right to sign them off even before Parliament gets to see them’, Professor Kelsey warned.”
Read the rest at the SOURCE
From Radio Live NZ … Winston Peters is warning about the repercussions in store if John Key signs NZ on to the TPPA.
“The big corporations are so close to governments, not only in New Zealand, that they have handed over many details of the Trans Pacific Partnership while the public in the negotiating countries are kept in the dark. These corporations are about to get unbelievable powers over New Zealand if the PM keeps his favourite hat on.
The treaty will be signed by the National government, not by Parliament.” Read Article at SOURCE
Check out what the TPPA entails & why you should be involved in opposing it (ideas about how, HERE). Raise awareness in your community, attend the day of protest coming up on March 7th (details & links on the TPPA page here).