Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


It's Our Future — Kiwis concerned about the TPPA

23 October 2012

It's Our Future — Kiwis concerned about the TPPA

A new website www.itsourfuture.org.nz has been launched for Kiwis concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), an international free trade and investment treaty being negotiated between New Zealand and ten other Asian and Pacific-rim countries, including the United States.

The negotiations on the agreement are being held behind closed doors. The draft texts remain secret, with no opportunity for public oversight. www.itsourfuture.org.nz aims to help remedy the government's failure to provide information about the TPPA to New Zealanders.

The information has been sourced from leaked documents and the detective work of committed researchers.

Information is the basis of democracy. It is completely unacceptable that important decisions about the future of New Zealand are being made behind the backs of kiwis whose lives it will impact upon.

www.itsourfuture.org.nz provides news, resources, and a forum for engagement around the TPPA for New Zealanders.

The TPPA risks substantial damage to:

Healthcare
“A trade agreement that would subject our own government to the risk of being over-ruled by a secretive international body places our people’s health at risk and a new burden on our stretched health budget." – Warren Lindberg, Public Health Association chief executive.

Environment
"A TPPA could give transnational companies the right to sue future governments if they legislated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or restrict the use of Genetic Engineering technology. It would give away the freedom of our children and grandchildren to determine their own future. Please help us stop it." – Jeanette Fitzsimmons, former Green Party co-leader.

Worker's rights
“First they came for the car plants, then they came for the clothing and textile sector jobs but the country was silent. Now they are coming for our affordable medicines, our land, our environment, our work rights, the rest of our economy, our sovereignty. We can remain silent no longer.” – Robert Reid, General Secretary of FIRST union.

Arts
“We expect that the proposed TPPA has serious negative consequences for the expression of our culture both in literature and more broadly, our intellectual property protections. That unique culture must not be sacrificed for illusory or minor economic advantages.” – Tony Simpson, President of the New Zealand Society of Authors.

… as well as to te Tiriti o Waitangi, Internet Freedom, Financial Regulation and more.

The next round of TPPA negotiations is taking place in Auckland between 3 and 12 December.

It's Our Future will be organising several activities leading up to and during the negotiations.

For more information go to http://www.itsourfuture.org.nz or www.facebook.com/ItsOurFutureNZ.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news