12 Point TPP Policy Solution Adopted By Councils

The following TPP resolution has been adopted by Auckland City, Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council, Christchurch City Council, Dunedin City Council, Wellington City Council, Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, Palmerston North City Council, Tauranga City Council and South Wairarapa District Council representing 60% of the population of New Zealand.

More councils have it under active consideration, including Hastings District Council and Wairarapa Councils. Additionally Horizons Regional and Horowhenua District Councils have written to Central Government expressing concern.

Waikato Regional Council passed a motion that Council write to Minister Tim Groser inviting him or an appropriate representative to present to Council at the earliest opportunity on the implications of the TPPA for New Zealand.

If you would like advice on how to get your local council to adopt these resolutions, please contact Greg Rzesniowiecki on 021 024 31632.

TPPA resolution for Local Government:

That (name of Council) Council encourages the government to conclude negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Free Trade Agreements in a way that provides net positive benefits for the (name of local region or city) Region and New Zealand, that is, provided the Partnership and Agreements achieve the following objectives:

  1. Continues to allow the (name) Council and other Councils, if they so choose, to adopt procurement policies that provide for a degree of local preference; to choose whether particular services or facilities are provided in house, by council-controlled organisations (CCOs) or by contracting out; or to require higher health and safety, environmental protection, employment rights and conditions, community participation, animal protection or human rights standards than national or international minimum standards;

  2. Maintains good diplomatic and trade relations and partnerships for (local region) and New Zealand with other major trading partners not included in the agreement including with China

  3. Provides substantially increased access for our agriculture exports, particularly those from the  (name of) region into the US Market;

  4. Does not undermine PHARMAC, raise the cost of medical treatments and medicines or threaten public health measures, such as tobacco control;

  5. Does not give overseas investors or suppliers any greater rights than domestic investors and suppliers such as through introducing Investor-State Dispute Settlement, or reduce our ability to control overseas investment or finance;

  6. Does not expand intellectual property rights and enforcement in excess of current law;

  7. Does not weaken our public services, require privatisation, hinder reversal of privatisations, or increase the commercialization of Government or of (insert name ) Council or other local government organisations

  8. Does not reduce our flexibility to support local economic and industry development and encourage good employment and environmental practices and initiatives like the (insert examples), and the Mayor's Taskforce for Jobs which enable marginalised young people to develop their skills and transition into meaningful employment;

  9. Contains enforceable labour clauses requiring adherence to core International Labour Organisation conventions and preventing reduction of labour rights for trade or investment advantage;

  10. Contains enforceable environmental clauses preventing reduction of environmental and biosecurity standards for trade or investment advantage;

  11. Has general exemptions to protect human rights, the environment, the Treaty of Waitangi, and New Zealand's economic and financial stability;

  12. Has been negotiated with real public consultation including regular public releases of drafts of the text of the agreement, and ratification being conditional on a full social, environmental, and economic impact assessment including public submissions.

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