NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 8 NOVEMBER 2014
Auckland (1:00 pm at Aotea Square): speakers include Robyn Malcolm (Actors Equity), Bunny McDiarmid (Greenpeace), Dayle Takitimu (lawyer, Whanau-a-Apanui), Brian Mannering (Medical Students Association), with music from Don McGlashan, Moana Maniapoto, and Roger Fowler.
Hamilton (1:00 pm at Garden Place). TBA
Raglan (10:00 am Raglan Jetty at the end of Bow Street). Speeches and live music from Cornerstone Roots.
Tauranga (1:00pm at Red Square). TBA
Rotorua (1:00pm at Kuirau Park Courts): speakers include Te Ururoa Flavell (Maori Party), Fletcher Tabuteau (NZ First), Annette Sykes (Mana Party), Potaua Baisiny-Tule (TangataWhenua.com), Catherine Delahunty (Green Party) and Chanz Mikaere.
Gisborne (1:00 pm at Derby Street) TBA
Napier (1:00pm at Napier Council Steps on 231 Hastings Rd): Speakers and music by Ngatai Huata, march through town.
New Plymouth (1:00pm at Puke Ariki) TBA
Palmerston North (1:00pm at PN Square, opposite the library) Speakers: Dr. Thomas Owen, Dr Rachel Keedwell (Horizons RC), Assoc Prof Jeff Sluker (Massey), Sarah Roberts (Greens), Darroch Ball (ex-NZ First), Jill White (ex-MP, Councillor and Mayor), Bruce Wilson (ex-Councillor), Lew Findlay (PNCC), Tangi Utikere (PNCC), Teanau Tuiono & Te Ao Pritchard (Palmy Panthers) and Sue Pugmire (organiser extraordinaire). Funeral theme symbolizing the death of democracy, dress-up optional!
Levin (11:00am at Te Takere Library/Community Centre) A morning of community engagement at the Community Centre with speakers, music, film and info packs.
Wellington (1:00pm at Cuba Street Bucket Fountain) A family friendly march to the Civic Square for speeches and music, with a focus on local government and communities as well as broader national concerns. Speakers include Sandra Grey (MC), Todd Rippon (Actors Equity), Greg Rzenosweicki (Renewables), Sue Kedgley (GWR Councillor), Gay Keating (OraTaiao: NZ Climate & Health Council)
Nelson (1:00pm at Millers Acre i-SITE): Speakers include Graeme O’Brien, Rachel Boyack (FIRST Union) and others.
Christchurch (1:00pm at Shands Crescent Reserve) March to Hagley Park where we’ll stay until 4pm with live music, speeches, kids entertainment, food stalls and a learning space where people can find out more about what’s at stake.
Timaru (1:00pm at Bay Hill Piazza) TBA
Dunedin (1:00pm at the Dental school for a march along George Street and then rally in the Octagon): Speakers include Metiria Turei (Green Party), Aaron Hawkins (Councillor) and Bob Lloyd (University of Otago).
Invercargill (1:00pm at Wachner Place).
TPPA NEWS UPDATES
Ministers’ Double Speak in Sydney
The latest secret round of talks in Sydney has come and gone. TPPA ministers again more claimed they were near the finish line – but that line seems to be moving further away! For assessments of the state of play see RadioNZ: Lori Wallach, Tim Groser, Jane Kelsey; Gordon Campbell on Scoop; and Jane Kelsey in NZ Herald on 30 Oct.
TPPA Leaders meeting downgraded
Remember when Obama and Key met, and Obama said he wanted to announce a deal by the time the 12 leaders meet at APEC in November? Well, he can’t. It seems likely they’ll have a quiet meeting, possibly in the US embassy in Beijing.
Statements in the past week show Groser fears a deal between the US and Japan that is then presented to the rest of them as take it or leave it. Groser says NZ would leave it – and watch for the flock of pigs flying over the sky tower!
Panic stations for NZ ag industry
First, Federated Farmers expressed the fear that TPPA may give NZ less than other countries (ie the US). The Fonterra boss Theo Spierings told TV3 The Nation he thought TPPA might not happen. Then the dairy industry warned ‘the agreement was too important to compromise by a rushed outcome’ (4+ years?). They can see any outcome hanging NZ out to dry on dairy – something that was obvious to others from the start!
NZ medicos call for health check of TPPA
NZ health professionals have rebutted the reassurances from Groser after their letter to him back in May. An article in NZ Doctor, endorsed by seven major public health groups, calls for a comprehensive and independent health impact assessment before any agreement is signed. This article was written in response to comments from Trade Minster Groser and then-Health Minister Ryall, which you can read here.
Action in Canberra & Sydney
Activists in Canberra (officials meeting) and Sydney (ministers) took the message to team-TPPA, with protests and lots of great publicity.
Heaps of commentary in Oz:
Challenge to democracy: Pat Ranald from AFTINET spelt out the challenge to Australia’s democracy
Corporate power: senior journalist Ross Gittens says TPPA is about increasing monopoly rights, not free trade
Copyright: Kimberley Weatherall analyses the most recent leaked IP text and warns that lessons on copyright in the Australia US FTA have not been learned.
Crikey: the TPP undermines the national interest.
Australian Consumer Watchdog: ‘release the details’!
Australia’s Consumer watchdog Choice has called on the federal government to reveal the details of the TPPA discussions, warning the final outcome could lead to a spike in the cost of life-saving medicines.
Consumer voices join force in US & Japan
An op-ed in Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, co-signed by Ralph Nader from Public Citizen and Koa Tasaka from Consumers Union of Japan, rebutted unsubstantiated claims that Japan’s consumers would benefit from the TPPA.
Bangkok Post Editorial: TPPA no good for Thailand
“The government and civil society owe it to the country to make it crystal clear that neither the TPP itself nor its core elements are attractive to Thailand. Taking a stand now will make it easier to resist pressure in the future.”
Sign the new Petition now!
Sign the new petition that tells John Key and his government to defend our sovereignty and not to sign any TPPA. We know there have been petitions before, but it is one way for people to have a voice alongside hitting the streets on 8 November. We know there were some glitches with it at first, so please try again.