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2003 Roger Award Finalists Chosen

2 December 2003
Chief Reporter

2003 ROGER AWARD FINALISTS CHOSEN
A Bumper Crop This Year

The finalists have been chosen for the 2003 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand. There are eight finalists, a record number - the previous highest figure was six.

They are:
Telecom,
Carter Holt Harvey,
Comalco,
ANZ,
Newmont Mining (Waihi Gold),
Rymans,
Juken Nissho
and BAT (British American Tobacco).

As the first, and thus far sole, occupant of the Hall of Shame, three times winner Tranz Rail was ineligible for nomination this year.

Dunedin is to host the event to announce the winner(s). It will be held in February 2004. This will be the first time that Dunedin has hosted the Roger Award event (the first three were held in Christchurch; one in Wellington, and the last two in Auckland).

The organisers – Christchurch-based groups, the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) and GATT Watchdog - are pleased that the only major city not to have thus far hosted the Roger will now do so. And Dunedin is even more appropriate because of the high profile role played by its Mayor, Sukhi Turner, who has been a judge several times, from the very beginning, and is again this year.

The judges are (in addition to Sukhi Turner): Dr Ranginui Walker, Emeritus Professor at the University of Auckland; John Minto, veteran Auckland activist and National Chairperson of the Quality Public Education Coalition; Alister Barry, documentary maker, of Wellington; and Jill Hawkey, of Christchurch, National Director of Christian World Service.

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/running an ideological crusade, environmental damage, cultural imperialism, impact on tangata whenua, impact on women, health and safety of workers and the public.

The Roger Award is more necessary than ever when viewed in light of the Government’s announced review of the Overseas Investment Act, with one possibility being that of removing all Overseas Investment Commission oversight of corporate takeovers, and treating them as just another company transaction.

May the worst man win!

Murray Horton

for the organisers

Roger Award Box 2258, Christchurch, New Zealand cafca@chch.planet.org.nz www.cafca.org.nz


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