Hundreds of community groups, artists, musicians, activists, Māori leaders, small and medium-sized business owners, not-for-profits, environmentalists, students, doctors, local councillors and grassroots campaigners from all around New Zealand have joined forces to say no to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
As of today more than 300 businesses, 7 not-for-profits, 39 artists and musicians, 7 Māori leaders, 11 local councils, 4 church groups and 100,000 people have taken some form of action - both on and offline - to try and stop New Zealand from signing on to the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
Laura O’Connell-Rapira, Campaign Director for ActionStation and convenor of the coalition explains; “We’ve had more than 300 small and medium-sized Kiwi business owners sign our Open Letter to the Government opposed to the TPPA. You can’t call these people “anti-trade”. They’re concerned this deal massively favours foreign transnational corporations and is a bad deal for small Kiwi business.”
The collaborative effort comes off the back of Trade Minister Tim Groser dismissing opponents of the TPPA as "anti-trade", "politically irrelevant" and "breathless children".
Oxfam New Zealand has voiced their concern for the deal with Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier worried about the ISDS clause; “If new rights for multi-national corporations and limitations on NZ’s Parliament’s legislative sovereignty are finalised in secret, a dangerous precedent will be set for developing countries that Oxfam works with, especially in the Pacific. We should be striving for transparency and upholding democratic sovereignty.”
Mandy Carter, Campaign Director for SAFE; “If New Zealand signs the TPPA, it could be taken to court for laws protecting animals.”
Kaytee Ray-Riek, Campaign Director, SumOfUs; “Major corporations are desperate to see TPPA passed, so they can watch their profits grow to new heights. Meanwhile, TPPA would decimate our democracy, our access to medicines, the working conditions in our jobs, and so much more. It’s a massive corporate power grab, and that’s why thousands of SumOfUs members are committed to defeating this deal here in New Zealand and around the world.”
Petitions and email actions of concern have been signed by more than 100,000 people. The groups involved will be handing over a joint petition at Parliament on Wednesday 12th August as part of a TPPA lunchtime rally. The petitions and will be handed over at 12.10pm.
The following organisations and individuals contributed to these actions:
ActionStation, It's Our Future, SumOfUs, Oxfam, 350 Aotearoa, SAFE, Coal Action Network Aotearoa, Greenpeace New Zealand
More than 300 Kiwi businesses have signed an Open Letter, view the full list here.
Artists, Comedians & Musicians:
Sola Rosa, The Phoenix Foundation, Flip Grater, Overstand, Aroha Riki-Hamana, Hayden J. Weal, Overstand, Ed Waaka, Debbie G
The following people have signed on behalf of their iwi: Rita Skipper, Roiana, T. Te Anga, Jamalia Lawrence-Roberts, Louanne Ratapu, Hamish Johnson, Christopher Manson,
The following councils have adopted the ‘12 Point TPP Solution Policy’:
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 and Tauranga City Council.
Council of Trade and Unions (CTU), First Union, Public Service Association (PSA)
OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, Doctors for Healthy Trade
ActionStation petition (23,182), Greenpeace email action (34,005), It’s Our Future email action,(3,465), It’s Our Future petition 1 and petition 2 (26,000), SumOfUs petition (9,010), TOKO petitions (2,210), Change.org petition (3,799)
Piri Weepu (All Black), Lucy Hona (Looch), All Stars
Community / Church Groups:
Splice, The Renewables, Zelda Zumba Ltd, Pay It Forward - North Shore,
The following actions have been taken:
More than 80,000 people have signed TPPA petitions with It’s Our Future, ActionStation, SumOfUs, Change.org and TOKO
35,000 + emails have been sent to members of Parliament in opposition to the TPPA
2 x nationwide rallies with more 10,000 people in attendance each time have taken place with another one happening this Saturday 15th August.
Thousands of Kiwis have crowdfunded more than $30,000 NZD to put awareness raising radio ads across 140 stations nationwide, as well as fund two full-page newspaper ads in opposition to the TPPA: one in Maui targeting negotiating Trade Ministers and one in the Dominion Post. (Click here to see the newspaper ads and radio ads)
Eleven local councils have adopted the ‘12 Point TPP Policy Solution’
More than 80 Official Information Act requests have been made through FYI.org.nz asking for the release of the secret TPPA text. All of which have been denied.