4 February 2016 - the day NZ signs way its sovereignty
can’t protest in any meaningful way, except through this blog so I
may hold a wake for New Zealand on that day.
1907 NZ ceased to be a colony and became a dominion. In February,
2016 it will sign away its sovereignty
– a history of 118 years
TPPA will be signed in Auckland next month
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be signed in Auckland in two
weeks, the government has confirmed.
leaders (from left) Malaysian President Najib Razak, US President
Barack Obama, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Prime Minister
John Key at the APEC summit in Manila. Photo: AFP
confirmation comes a fortnight after the Chilean government announced
that the signing would go ahead in New Zealand on 4 February - news
the New Zealand government refused to confirm last week, saying the
arrangements had not been decided on.
Minister Todd McClay said the signing on 4 February will mark the end
of the TPP negotiating process, after which all 12 countries will
have up to two years to ratify the agreement before it enters into
Minister Todd McClay (file) Photo: RNZ
/ Alexander Robertson
the signing, the government will submit the final text of the TPP and
the National Interest Analysis to Parliament.
McClay said during the period before the agreement enters into force,
the government would be running a series of roadshows throughout the
12-nation TPP trade deal was concluded in October after five years of
negotiations and a marathon final session of talks in the United
the agreement, New Zealand joins a club that accounts for 40 percent
of the world economy.
TPP will eliminate tariffs on 93 percent of New Zealand's exports to
the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and Peru. The government
estimates the agreement will be worth at least $2.7 billion a year by
2030 for New Zealand.
the dairy industry there were gains such as the removal of tariffs on
some cheeses and infant formula in the United States within 10 years,
but whole milk powder improvements remained elusive. Canada offered
only limited new access, with just an extra 3.25 percent for dairy on
top of the country's annual production.
opponents have criticised secrecy around the deal, and remain
convinced there will be changes to the Pharmac model though the
government has said that will not be the case.
Sustainability Council says
the environment will suffer under
the final text of the TPP, which it says it failed to protect the
government from being sued by foreign investors if they believed that
their future profits were at stake.
were provisions that protected governments from being sued for acting
to reduce smoking but no similar protections for acting to protect
the environment or tackle climate change, the council said.
argues Treaty of Waitangi conflict
of the signing comes as research on the trade deal by senior law
lecturers argues it fails to meet obligations to Maori and conflicts
with the Treaty of Waitangi.
co-author Carwyn Jones of Victoria University said there was a treaty
exception in the deal but it was open to interpretation and relied on
the government's good will.
said Maori already have difficulty engaging with the government on
matters like the environment and intellectual property and the TPP
will only make that worse.
introducing these other parties who don't have any Treaty of Waitangi
obligations, don't have any concerns about the New Zealand government
fulfilling its Treaty of Waitangi obligations and so make it all that
much less likely that the government will be willing to try to reform
in a way that recognises Maori rights."
Trade Minister Todd McClay said nothing in the TPP would prevent the
Crown meeting its obligations to Maori.
Waitangi Tribunal will hold an urgent hearing in March to discuss the
TPP will be signed two days before Waitangi day, and former Te Tai
Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has warned Prime Minister John Key may face
a tempestuous situation at commemoration.
elder Kingi Taurua had suggested the gates of Te Tii marae should be
closed if the government had signed the trade deal before 6 February.
Harawira said the TPP was an attack on Maori and the rights of all
New Zealanders, and would be heavily discussed by groups coming from
all around the country to Waitangi.
I think that when the prime minister arrives on the 5th when he's due
to arrive, that it's certainly going to be raised there.
going to be quite a tempestuous situation, I'd say."