Fletcher Tabuteau MP
Spokesperson for Trade and Commerce
28 September 2015
Dairy farmers sacrificed for TPPA
New Zealand First believes that New Zealand’s dairy export industry will be sacrificed so that Prime Minister John Key
can sign the Trans Pacific Partnership
“Dairy farmers fear they will be thrown under the bus and they will be,” says New Zealand First Spokesperson for Trade
and Commerce Fletcher Tabuteau.
“The Dairy Companies Association are on record opposing the TPPA if this government is unable to secure meaningful
trade terms for our main exports.
“New Zealand First has opposed this trade deal from the start because of its secrecy and because, despite this National
Governments rhetoric, it will compromise a true New Zealand government’s ability to make and enforce meaningful laws
that look after the people of NZ.
“How can you trust Mr Key when he started out with a ‘no dairy, no deal,’ rhetoric which has now morphed into a
placating “best we can do.”
“Couple this with Mr Groser’s statement that it will, “not be a gold-plated deal”. And not only should NZ fear the
non-trade elements of this trade deal, but also the actual trade terms which look to be worsening rather than improving
day by day.
“Pharmac, and therefore our elderly and our sick and weak along with dairying, will be thrown under Mr Key’s legacy bus
that he’ll be off when we discover just how tightly locked in we are,” says Mr Tabuteau.