We aren’t an overly political family, but somethings can really grind our gears. So this weekend, the boys participated in their first protest march! Well, rather, they came along for it with us and got to witness democracy in action! Of course, there was a little playground action first.
If you aren’t aware of what the TPPA is, you can find out heaps more here.
The main issue that should be concerning the people of New Zealand is that the decision to join the TPPA may not be in everyone’s best interest, yet all of the negotiations are being done in secrecy. There has been almost no information about it in the media or shared with the people.
So, here is a letter to Prime Minister (from Itsourfuture.org.nz – take action)
To the Rt. Hon John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt. Hon Tim Groser, Minister of Trade, and the New Zealand Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement negotiators:
I’m concerned that you are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in secret, without public consultation. All I can find out about the TPPA is based on leaked documents and detective work. This is not acceptable. New Zealand is a democracy, which means that kiwis have the right to know what is done in our name and to have a say.
If the TPPA goes ahead, you will be putting at risk our innovative economy, our pristine environment, our health, and the ability to shape our own future.
- I don’t want foreign investors to be given more rights to buy up New Zealand, and I don’t think they should be able to sue the New Zealand government in secretive offshore courts if they claim that new laws have negatively affected their investment. I’m worried that this will make it harder for the government to protect our environment, promote public health and protect the nation’s interest.
- I don’t want big pharmaceutical companies to be given more powers over PHARMAC, and I don’t want the availability of affordable generic medicines to be reduced.
- I don’t want New Zealand’s copyright laws to be re-written in a way that would restrict internet freedom, restrict access to information, and stifle innovation.
- I don’t want to pay more for everyday products because parallel imports are banned.
- I don’t want foreign banks, insurance companies and money traders to be given more powers to challenge laws designed to prevent another financial crisis.
- I don’t want a foreign economic treaty to take precedence over the Treaty of Waitangi.
- I don’t want future New Zealand governments to have their hands tied — we need them to act in the interests of ordinary kiwis, not foreign investors and big corporations.
The TPPA will have a huge impact on New Zealanders, and we want to have a say.
Make the negotiations public, and don’t trade away our future.
Elizabeth van Hulst
Hopefully, the rest of the country has a strong inkling that something is wrong here and they do what is right for the countries future!