police door-knocked a Dunedin activist asking about their plans for
the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
Barbour Evans was
visited by two police officers on Thursday morning, "asking me
what I'll be doing for the TPPA events".
officers said they were following a national directive and were
"visiting all known activists in the country".
Christ Scahill, national manager response and operations said in a
statement, "Police is responsible for all aspects of safety and
security for the upcoming signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in
will draw upon our extensive experience of policing a wide range of
high profile events in recent years as part of our arrangements.
police operation would be overseen by Police National Headquarters,
and would involve staff from a number of police districts.
will not discuss any operational details for the event, including
staff numbers involved, as is standard for any matters involving
can however say that we plan for every eventuality which can be
anticipated, and the measures we take will be appropriate and
will draw upon a range of resources to police the event, however
normal police operations in districts will not be affected."
police visiting known activists to ask their plans for the TPPA show
appalling judgement and are a poor attempt at a chilling effect
said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.
police show up at your door to ask you what you plan on doing is
chilling and the police know that" said Turei.
carries with it an implicit threat and New Zealanders have the right
to speak out and have their voices heard. Being an activist isn't a
crime, being an activist is being passionate about something and last
time I checked that wasn't illegal."
12-nation free trade agreement will be signed in Auckland on February