Anti-TPPA clowns

Some appropriately dressed clowns tried to disrupt the first TPPA information road show in Auckland today.

NZH reports: Clowns kicked out of Trans Pacific Partnership roadshow

Four people dressed as clowns have been kicked out of the first stop of the Government’s Trans-Pacific Partnership information roadshow in Auckland.

The quartet were honking horns, blowing balloons and laughing, Newstalk ZB reported.

Protesters complained about the public not being told enough about the TPPA, now a small number of them are disrupting a public information sessions.

The road show is taking place in Auckland today, before moving on to Christchurch on Friday and Dunedin and Wellington next week.Trade Minister Todd McClay said everyone was welcome – including those strongly opposed to the trade deal. All questions would be answered.

I’m registered for Dunedin’s roadshow.

But protest and placards should be left outside, so an open and frank conversation could take place, Mr McClay said.

He denied the roadshows were an attempt at political spin – they were held for every new trade deal, including one with China.

The morning session is general information, the afternoon session is to help businesses learn how to benefit from the TPPA.

Labour Party leader Andrew Little said he doubted the road show would change Kiwis’ minds.

The public was told nothing for the seven years while it was negotiated, then the entire document was dumped into the public domain and signed, Mr Little said.

That’s disappointing piffle from Little. Perhaps he should go to the roadshow when it’s in Wellington. He might learn something useful.

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  1. kittycatkin

     /  7th March 2016

    I’m glad that the protestors weren’t loud and aggressive, but this did the cause little good, I fear-it could be a real own goal. It looked as if they didn’t take it seriously-I am sure that they did, but there were so few of them that they just looked silly and childish.

    Andrew Little sounds very peevish indeed and very mean-spirited. Er….hasn’t he said that Labour would support it ?

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    • Timoti

       /  7th March 2016

      Andies like a man with a wooden leg riddled with bora, Kittykat. You just know, sooner or later, he will collapse in a heap of shite and saw dust.

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  2. Timoti

     /  7th March 2016

    Almost Guaranteed to be Lefties with an IQ on the left hand side quadrant of the bell curve.
    They were probably hoping to become UTUBE sensations.

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  3. They lost an opportunity to ask their questions about the things they are earful about. Their big problem is that their noise and threats drown out mature debate fthe issues. Par for the extremist course!!

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    • kittycatkin

       /  7th March 2016

      Own goal ! Own goal ! They are probably well-meaning, peaceful protestors, and I appreciate it that they were such, but they haven’t put their message across at all which they could have if they’d only waited until the end and asked questions. It probably seemed like a great idea, but one would need many more of them to have any impact. If they had asked questions, they would almost certainly have been heard as they would have been likely to have attracted the attention of the camera operators. Poor things, they will feel very foolish at having blown it so badly.

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      • kittycatkin

         /  7th March 2016

        I have made an idiot of myself in public when it seemed like a good idea at the time often enough to have some sympathy for them, I would have to say.

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      • jamie

         /  7th March 2016

        That’s a very good observation kitty, the sight of clowns actually asking sensible rational questions could certainly be an effective and amusing way of making their point.

        However I suspect that if they did, you might then turn the criticise to their outfits, saying something like ‘perhaps people would take their questions seriously if they weren’t dressed so ridiculously’.

        But that’s the thing about protest and political engagement – as long as nobody is getting hurt (or threatened) then it’s not up to anyone else to dictate how people choose to make their voices heard.

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        • kittycatkin

           /  8th March 2016

          I think that making it impossible for anyone to speak is a very stupid move, as it simply looks rude and annoys everyone else. It would antagonise most people, I think.

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  4. jamie

     /  7th March 2016

    By “dissappointing piffle” do you mean inaccurate? If so, how?

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  5. Prince

     /  7th March 2016

    Labour, via Grant Robertson, has clearly stated they will pull out of TPPA if elected. A clear choice in front of us then.

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  6. kittycatkin

     /  7th March 2016

    He did say that-albeit with qualifications-make up yer bloody minds, Labour !

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  7. Zedd

     /  7th March 2016

    They got their 15 seconds of fame.. LOL 😀

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  8. alloytoo

     /  8th March 2016

    Little is for once right, most Kiwi’s being in favour of the TPP, won’t change their minds.

    Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

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  9. lurcher1948

     /  8th March 2016

    Living in Wellington the cultural capital of NZ the road show should start here not auckland now called little asia were the rubbish from all over the world live or christchurch the bogan ruined leeching city sucking up all of NEW ZEALANDS domestic product

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    • kittycatkin

       /  8th March 2016

      Most of that makes little sense. Do you mean that because you live in Wellington that the road show should start there? It surely makes more sense to start at one end of the country and go in one direction rather than going up and down. If it began in Wellington, it would then have to go up to Auckland or down to Dunedin from there and then up or down to the opposite end. Start at one end, I don’t mind which, and keep going in a straight line.

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