The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) was negotiated in secret by the governments of New Zealand, US and ten other countries.
Now the text is publicly available, it is clear that the deal is designed to serve the interests of large corporations and powerful states, not the interests of people or the planet.
Initial analysis of the text shows the NZ government has misled the public through spin, inflated claims and self-serving omissions. The economic benefits have been exaggerated, the economic and social costs understated and future risks ignored.
Here are five reasons New Zealand should say no to the TPPA:
The TPPA will:
- Take away our democratic right to decide our own laws and policies in ways that best serve the national interest
- Put corporate interests ahead of urgent priorities like climate change, affordable medicines, internet freedom, quality jobs, social justice
- Allow foreign companies to sue us for taking measures to protect the environment or public health in ways that damage their profits
- Give foreign investors special rights not available to New Zealanders and a guarantee that government won’t restrict foreign purchases of residential homes and land or control of key sectors
- Bind New Zealand governments to a pro-corporate agenda for the indefinite future, in violation of our democracy, sovereignty and the Treaty of Waitangi.
The TPPA will be signed in New Zealand on February 4th despite the fact that the majority of New Zealanders do not want us to sign the deal. We’ll be delivering this petition to Parliament just before the signing, so please add your signature and share widely to help us make this petition huge.
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- Foreign companies will be able to sue us for taking measures to protect the environment or public health in ways that disadvantage their profits.
- Foreign investors will be given special rights not available to New Zealand investors, and there will be fewer opportunities to restrict foreign purchases of residential homes and land or control of key sectors.
- State-owned enterprises will be required to operate on a purely commercial basis, not necessarily in the interest of the public (think: public broadcasting)
- Approval of foreign purchases of New Zealand assets or other foreign investment can’t be linked to creating jobs.