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Nominations Now Open For 2006 Roger Award

Chief Reporter

The Roger Award is for The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2006

Nominations are now open for the annual Roger Award, which is organised by the Christchurch-based groups Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) and GATT Watchdog.

Full details of the Roger Award can be found at www.cafca.org.nz, under Views, Analyses, Research (follow the Roger Award links), including reports on reports on previous winners and the history of the Award

Criteria:
The criteria for judging are by assessing the transnational (a corporation which is 25% or more foreign-owned) that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following categories:

Economic Dominance -
Monopoly, profiteering, tax dodging, cultural imperialism

People -

Unemployment, impact on tangata whenua, impact on women, impact on children, abuse of workers/conditions, health and safety of workers and the public, cultural imperialism

Environment -
Environmental damage, abuse of animals

Political interference -
Cultural imperialism, running an ideological crusade

Judging:

The judges for 2006 are: Laila Harre, from Auckland, National Secretary of the National Distribution Union and former Cabinet Minister; Mary-Ellen O’Connor, from Nelson, a senior educationalist and political activist; Geoff Bertram, from Wellington, a Victoria University economist; Brian Turner, from Christchurch, a Methodist minister and social justice activist; Paul Corliss, from Christchurch, a life member of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union and Cee Payne-Harker, from Dunedin, Industrial Services Manager for the NZ Nurses’ Organisation and health issues activist. They will be given a shortlist of finalists. The winner(s) will be announced in early 2007 at an event in Wellington.

Nominations close on October 31 2006. May the worst man win!

ENDS

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