It’s called the TPPA - or Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement but in reality it’s more like a wish-list for big business. It's a deal so shrouded in secrecy the public and most of our elected politicians, don't even know the finer details.
What we do know - from leaks - is if New Zealand signs the TPPA it could mean that multinational corporations will be able to sue our government and any future governments if they implement policies and law changes they say seriously impact their profit margin.
Yes, that’s right our government - and the taxpayer - could be sued by big business for implementing law changes even if they laws made in the national public interest.
Don’t think it could happen here? It’s already happening. Germany is currently being sued for 3.7 billion Euros by Swedish energy giant Vattenfall for its decision to phase-out nuclear energy.
What we do know from leaked parts of the agreement is terrifying. But most Kiwis haven't even heard about the TPPA. That's why we need to sound the alarm now, and sound it loudly.
For more information on the TPPA, please visit: www.itsourfuture.org.nz