What was noteworthy in Wellington was that while I am sure there are police that will show the brutal face of state power on the 4 February there are others, as New Zealanders, who are receptive and sympathetic to the message about the selling-off of our Nation and its sovereignty. It is thanks to the actions of some policemen that the goals of the march were met.
TPPA, Wellington – a petition is delivered to the Governor General
Today a petition was delivered to the Governor General of New Zealand at the gates of his residence, Government House, demanding that the Governor General protect the democratic rights of New Zealanders by commanding the government to put the question of proceeding with, or withdrawing from TPPA to a binding referendum and to prohibit the government from signing any final agreement unless the People vote in favour.
It became clear when the rally arrived at the gates of Government House that no one was going to come out to receive the petition and the demonstrators were determined to stay until someone did.
One of the police present got on the phone to Government House and said that with the Governor General being absent it was important that someone was there to receive the petition on his behalf.
Shortly after that phone call the electronic gates quietly swing open and a pale figure, apparently a diplomat came out, was welcomed and received the petition.
This was followed by a short period of silence.
It was reported by one of those present that one of the police there had expressed some sympathy with the sentiments of those present. We observed from the faces of the police present that they too, were quietly listening to and absorbing what was being said.
It is clear that nothing would have happened had it not been for the intervention of the police making it happen.
Right from the start there was a commitment to peaceful, non-violent protest (with an invocation of Parihaka from one of the young speakers).
One of the organisers of the rally asked those present to be watchful for anyone in the crowd acting as a provocateur, and to photograph them so they could be identified.
In the event the rally was a very peaceful, but powerful, dignified affair.
The demonstrators were heartened by the reponse from passing motorists with lots of toots.
This ceremony was followed by a hikoi (march) across the city to the grounds of Parliament, where actors staged a mock auction of New Zealand assets to rapacious corporate bidders.
'Democracy buried' at anti-TPPA protest in Christchurch
Anti-TPPA protesters have "buried Democracy" in Christchurch on Saturday afternoon, as part of a mass rally against the trade deal.
30 January, 2016
Nearly 1000 people showed up at Cathedral Square around 2pm.
TPP: Hundreds gather outside Governor-General's residence
'It's not OK for police to use power on TPP activists if they disagree with the government
Police have been accused of ramping up tensions after officers called and visited activists today.
Watch ONENews footage HERE