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Roger Award Winner To Be Announced May 2

The Roger Award
For the worst transnational corporation
operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2004
The 2004 Winner(s) will be announced on:

Monday, May 2nd
@ Knox Hall
28 Bealey Ave, Christchurch

Drinks and Nibbles will be provided

The announcement will be made by the chief judge,
John Minto, of Auckland

The other speakers will be:

Sue Newberry,
- a senior accountancy lecturer at the University of Canterbury, who will present her Financial Analysis of the winner(s); and

Bill Rosenberg,
- of the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa, who will speak on the Overseas Investment Bill, which is currently before Parliament.

There will also be a screening of a short preview of "The Last Resort", a documentary currently being made by Wellington film makers about the issue of rural land sales to foreigners.

For catering purposes, we need to know numbers attending. Please RSVP as soon as possible. Either send an email to notoapec@clear.net.nz or phone (03) 366 2803. Don’t miss out, as this is the first time that the Roger Award event has been held in Christchurch since 2000.

The 2004 finalists are: Ernslaw One, McDonalds, Telecom, Westpac, Toll, Mitsubishi, and Contact Energy.

The judges are: John Minto, veteran Auckland activist and National Chairperson of the Quality Public Education Coalition; Alister Barry, renowned documentary maker, of Wellington; Maire Leadbeater, a veteran peace and social justice activist, from Auckland; and Edwina Hughes, the coordinator of Peace Movement Aotearoa, in Wellington.

The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational that has the most negative impact in New Zealand in each or all of the following fields: unemployment, monopoly, profiteering, abuse of workers/conditions, political interference, environmental damage, cultural imperialism, impact on tangata whenua, running an ideological crusade, tax dodging, impact on women, impact on health and safety of workers, and the public.

The Roger Award is organised by Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa and GATT Watchdog and is supported by Christian World Service.

The Roger Award: Box 1905, Christchurch

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