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January 2016: World Bank: TPP Better For NZ Than US - Auckland Signing Confirmed

New Zealand stands to reap considerably greater benefits from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment agreement than the United States, says a new study of the controversial pact by economists at the World Bank. More>>

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14/11/15: Massive Turnout Of Kiwis Say ‘TPPA: Don’t Sign’

“The Government has spent the last five weeks since TPPA negotiations concluded on a comprehensive PR mission to tell New Zealanders that this deal is supposedly in their best interests. Today, over ten thousand kiwis nationwide proved that PR mission has failed,” said It’s Our Future spokesperson Edward Miller. More>>

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Scoop Audio: Jane Kelsey On The TPP Text

Professor Jane Kelsey held a TPP briefing for media, covering the current timeline and obstacles for US and NZ adoption of the agreement, the status of NZ challenges relating to negotiations, specific issues so far raised by the released text, and plan for full analysis in the New Zealand context. More>>

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November: Text Released - "Government’s Snow Job On TPPA Exposed"

‘As expected, access to the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement reveals major holes in the government’s “fact sheets”’, says Auckland University law professor Jane Kelsey... More>>

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Court Sends Back TPP Decision: 'Blanket Approach' In Turning Down OIA Not Lawful

"When the minister refused Professor Kelsey’s request, neither he nor his officials assessed each piece of information requested against the criteria in the act for withholding official information," Collins said in his judgment.

"Instead, the minister adopted a 'blanket approach' to the request based upon his knowledge of the categories of documents requested by Professor Kelsey. I have concluded this approach did not comply with the act." More>>

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Press Conference Multimedia: PM On Aussie Deportations And The TPP Signing

Prime Minister John Key commented on the previous week's signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He stressed that it had taken seven years to reach this point and he congratulated Minister of Trade Tim Grosser on his efforts representing New Zealand at the negotiations. Key also elaborated on what his Government saw as the major benefits of the TPP: $259 million a year in tariff savings and the possibility of expansion in new and existing trade markets. More>>

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Wikileaks: TPP Intellectual Property Rights Chapter Released

The IP Chapter of the TPP has perhaps been the most controversial chapter due to its wide-ranging effects on internet services, medicines, publishers, civil liberties and biological patents.

“If TPP is ratified, people in the Pacific-Rim countries would have to live by the rules in this leaked text,” said Peter Maybarduk, Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program Director. “The new monopoly rights for big pharmaceutical firms would compromise access to medicines in TPP countries. The TPP would cost lives.”

Hundreds of representatives from large corporations had direct access to the negotiations whereas elected officials had limited or no access. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Deal Reached In Atlanta

Yes, the TPP has helped to knock a few points off the tariffs facing our exporters. Yet some of those alleged dollar gains may well have been made regardless over time – and without the negative baggage of the concessions in the non-trade areas (intellectual property, copyright extensions, investor-state dispute mechanisms etc) that the TPP deal also brings in its wake.

Over the period from now until 2030, even the rosier projections for New Zealand see the TPP adding only about 1% per annum to this country’s GDP.

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Parliament Reaction: PM Welcomes TPP As NZ’s Biggest Trade Deal

Prime Minister John Key has welcomed the successful conclusion of negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – New Zealand’s biggest free trade agreement. More>>

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It's Our Future: Council Calls For Transparency And Consultation On TPPA Today [8/10/15] the Auckland Council’s Regional Strategy and Policy Committee passed a resolution on the recently concluded Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The resolution calls on the government to release the final agreed text of the agreement and consult before further decisions are taken. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Countdown, And Mary Margaret O’Hara

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>

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