TPPA Bulletin #68 D-Day begins 28 July


D-Day for real starting 28 July

Ministers aim for final deal on 28-31 July

Now Fast Track is through the Ministers have called a meeting in Maui from 28-31 July. They are saying this is it. But it still depends on a final deal between the US and Japan. Everyone knows time is running out, so they will pull out all the stops.

It’s Our Future have labeled 8-15 August ‘TPPA Action Week’, and a current list of actions is available at the bottom of this page (these details are set to change, and over the coming weeks we will continue to update you).

Groser will cave …

Dairy access to Japan, Canada and US is all that Groser cares about. He and Key admit there’s currently nothing worthwhile on the table, but the hard negotiations are just beginning. The problem for us is that no-one owes NZ anything. So our guess is he will say this is the best deal available and give everything else away.

Unless we stop him … . How?

  • Ring (not email) Labour MPs and Andrew Little with a simple message: ‘are you opposed to the TPPA, and if not do you realise it will cost you at the election’. Nats need to know Labour opposes the deal. So does Labour!
  • Help fund the advert in Dom Post on the morning the ministerial begins saying No to TPPA.
  • Pressure Peter Dunne to publicly reject the deal, as the Nats will rely on him for the fig leaf of support in parliament.
  • Press releases from your organization warning about costs of a deal
  • Maximum profile, Letters to editor, calls to radio
  • Flashmobs


Waitangi Tribunal claim

6 applications and 9 interested parties are seeking an urgent hearing in the Waitangi Tribunal arguing the TPPA would breach the Treaty of Waitangi. The Tribunal will decide on Thursday whether to give the claim urgency. The Crown says it’s too late to stop it, and refused to give an undertaking no to make final commitments until the claim is heard. See Crown Fights TPPA Hearing, Iwi groups join Tribunal’s TPP claim, Maori TV, Radio NZ

Groser losing it under pressure, says Labour matters

The pressure is getting to Groser. A speech attacking opponents played divide and rule and confirmed that Labour’s position matters: “Here in New Zealand we have anti-trade activists who are relentlessly consistent: they have never supported a single Trade Agreement and they never will. They are politically irrelevant to my political party. However, they get an enormous amount of airplay and are not politically irrelevant to other important elements in our democracy. For reasons I explained earlier, I believe broad bipartisan support for open trade strategies is vital to avoid your country being marginalised.”

Doctors: Why we are not politically irrelevant!

The Doctors for Healthy Trade bit back at Groser’s dismissal of their concerns as politically irrelevant in a brilliant op ed in the Dom Post.

Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill

The Bill is still waiting for a hearing, although it is getting closer. Our sources tell us it is possible that it will come up tonight, however it is very unlikely there will be a debate tonight. On the day we think it will go to its first reading we will send a message out to this list with directions on how to put further pressure on Dunne.

Local Government Campaign

TPPA Action Week
8-15 August 2015

These details are subject to change and events may be added to this list, so make sure you check in on edwardcrmiller.


15 August protest, details to come along with other actions.


15 August protest, details to come.


15 August protest, details to come.


15 August protest, details to come.


15 August protest, details to come


Protest planned, details to come

New Plymouth

Protest planned, details to come

Palmerston North

(Before Action Week) – At 7pm on July 29th Palmerston North City Library is hosting a panel discussion on the TPPA, featuring Assoc Prof Jeff Sluka, Dr Deborak Russell and Dr Shamin Shukur (compere: Assoc Prof Bill Fish).
Art and photo exhibition planned with accompanying information, concert and talks
14 August will be a concert in the library at 5pm, then documentary maker and investigative journalist Bryan Bruce will speak at 6pm on Poverty, Inequality & the TPPA.
Many committed P North activists will also be heading to Wellington on 15 August.


7-13 August – The People Speak #STOPTPPA. NZ Photo exhibition (10am-5pm)
12 August – Lunchtime rally outside Parliament with politicians and speakers.
15 August – TPPA Walk Away! Protest action to stop the TPPA. Assemble at Midland Park and march to Parliament for speakers and music. More details to come.


Protest planned, details to come.


15 August protest at 12:30pm. Location: South Hagley Park (corner Deans Ave and Riccarton Rd) marching down Riccarton Rd.


15 August protest planned, details to come.


Protest planned, details to come.


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