Media release: 13 October 2015
Issued by: Rotorua/Te Arawa TPPA Action Group
Rotorua (New Zealand) hosts TPPA information event on October 18
On Sunday October 18, the Rotorua/Te Arawa TPPA Action Group is hosting a panel of speakers from all over the country to
speak out about what they know about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.
Speakers are; Professor Jane Kelsey (via Video Feed), Dr Benjamin Pittman, Edward Miller, Fletcher Tabuteau, Catherine
Delahunty, Te Ururoa Flavell, Marama Davidson, Annette Sykes, Anjum Rahman and will be hosted by Tihini Grant.
Nga Pukenga Koeke o Te Arawa. (Kaumatua-Maori Elders) will be physically supporting this event on the day and will make
their presence known. They may also make a statement.
Marama Meikle, spokesperson for the Rotorua event said that there was huge concern on how the deal would impact on New
Zealander’s and their futures. With any trade agreement their comes a cost and history has indicated and shown us that
free trade agreements do not work in our favour because corporates only consider their profit margins and will remove
their trade of origin from countries to cheaper places.
Do we want fair trade or free trade? Free trade is trading freely between nations and fair trade is trading fairly
between nations. The TPPA is neither free trade or fair trade because tariffs are still in place in certain countries
being Canada, Japan, USA and Mexico.
I support trade but trade that works in the best interests of all involved and not the interests of a select few and the
important thing to note here is the TPPA is corporate driven.
The theme of the event is TPPA – Talk Away "What we DO know”.
The Rotorua event follows on from the National Week of TPPA Action held in August lead by It’s our Future, where twenty
three cities across New Zealand took part in various forms of action against the TPPA. Rotorua’s TPPA Talk Away event
will be live streamed so all New Zealanders, both at home and overseas, will have the opportunity to learn from the
Trade minsters of TPPA countries met in Atlanta on 26 September 2015, the agreement was signed in principal on 6 October
2015 by all nations involved in the negotiations. We will still have to wait a few more weeks yet until a public version
of the TPPA text is released.
Once the text is released it will be ratified by the government unless we do something about it. Once our legislation
has been changed to accommodate the requirements of the TPPA then we will have those apparent recourse for redress which
means we will have no ability to change it after it’s been signed. Now is the time to take action, we must demand our
rights whether it be through physical protest, civil disobedience or boycotts by supporting New Zealand owned, operated
and made products and services.
What: Panel Q & A on the TPPA
When: 2pm – 5:30pm, 18 October 2015
Where: Tangatarua Marae, Waiariki Institute of Technology, Mokoia Drive, Tihiotonga, Rotorua, New Zealand.
Note: More information on the event and about the speakers can be found on our Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1682254808659268/