marchers, waving banners and chanting, were led by the traditional
hikoi which makes its way from Cape Reinga to Waitangi each February.
crowds in Whangarei watched as the marchers went past, and a number
joined them for a rally in the all.
said they supported the views of the protesters, saying the trade
deal would favour global corporations and jeopardise New Zealanders
right to determine their own destiny.
John Campbell talk to Todd McClay on the TPP.
one person asked why the marchers were not at work.
said if the TPP opened up new markets for New Zealand that had to be
good for the country.
man Chris Leitch hired a bus to take 20 people down to Auckland
tomorrow to join the protest at the signing of the controversial
said it was important people got out and showed what they thought of
the TPP if they did not want it.
probably the only way people are going to have any say in the
agreement, because there's no consultation; there's no select
committee process; there's no debate in Parliament so the public
won't get a say in any other way," he said.
marchers arrive in Whangarei. Photo: RNZ
/ Lois Williams
hikoi is on its way to Auckland to protest at tomorrow's signing at
Northland kuia Lynette Stewart said she supported the right of the
protesters to demonstrate strongly against the TPP but they should
observe the good manners passed down by the old people.
hikoi leader Heeni Hoterene said the time for being polite had
of)... the elders don't even understand how these TPP issues are
going to affect us," she said.
they want to do is keep the peace, but what does that mean? It's not
going to be a peaceful future for our families, so we're saying 'no,
we're going to stand up', and if that means protesting, if that means
rioting, if that means causing a lot of trouble, we will."
Hoterene said if Mr Key went to Waitangi it would be for his own
reasons and she could not say if he would be safe.
before the signing of the TPP in Auckland, Checkpoint's John
Campbell asked Minister of Trade Todd McClay whether the protesters'
concerns were legitimate.
is no loss of sovereignty. It is fair to say every time countries of
the world agree something, make agreements with each other, they make
commitments to each other.
in the end somebody is unhappy with what happens, a future government
they have the ability to withdraw from this agreement, it's the same
with every agreement New Zealand's ever signed," Mr McClay said.
McClay said he asked only that protesters observed the law and were
respectful to international visitors.