Topics: Politics, TPPA

Disappointment as TPPA announcement comes from overseas

By Heta Gardiner
  • Wellington

It has been confirmed out of Chile, that the twelve countries that negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will sign it in New Zealand on February 4.  But some are asking as to why are we getting such important information from overseas.

A huge announcement. So why did it not come from our government? 

Marama Davidson says, "I'm not at all surprised, that we have to get updates from Chile."

The Green Party is furious for what they describe as secretive behaviour when it comes to the TPPA. 

The reason they are so up in arms comes from confirmation that the TPPA agreement would be signed on Feb 4 in New Zealand. But New Zealanders know this news came through from Chile.  

"This is consistent with the secrecy surrounding the whole thing really," says Davidson.

That secrecy has happened both inside the house and on the streets for anti-TPPA sentiment.  But even so, this shows that the deal is on the verge of being completed.  

Yet Davidson is adamant that we shouldn't give up.  "Keep fighting!  Keep fighting!  We need to keep fighting forever!" she says.  That cry extends out to Māori. 

Davidson believes, "Our communities, our whānau, hapū, have the mana for the land.  Let us not give that right to big businesses."

If the TPPA is signed, it will make trading among the 12 countries involved easier.

A number of hīkoi and meetings are set to take place around New Zealand next week, highlighting public opposition to the TPPA.

One of the biggest protests will take place in Auckland on February 4. This coincides with the TPPA signing date.

Thousands are expected to meet at Aotea square at 12pm.

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