TPPA Roadshow today

The TPPA Roadshow will be held in Dunedin today. I’m going as an interested observer.

The Government will run a number of events on key TPP outcomes. These will be aimed at ensuring businesses are able to prepare to take advantage of new opportunities presented by TPP’s entry into force, and to provide information of interest to the wider public and other stakeholders (see next steps for more information about the timing of entry into force). These events follow the extensive public consultations carried out during TPP negotiations.

Protest action is planned in the Octagon and presumably outside the venue (just off the Octagon).

TPP Action Dunedin:

Tomorrow MFAT is having the roadshow in town. There will be picket action, petitions, factsheets on the TPPA, info on knowing your rights should you be arrested, flyers for upcoming events, stickers and a couple of speakers. There is also a talk by Tim Hazeldene at 730pm tomorrow night open to the public. (you don’t have to register lol) Come on down!‪#‎TPPAFREEZONE‬ ‪#‎TPPANOWAY‬

picket starting at around 8.45am

It will be interesting regarding both the Roadshow and the protests.

UPDATE: protests very low key, three people politely handing out material.

108 seats slowly filling, presume they match the number of registrations. Needed photo ID and registration paperwork to get in.

When David Walker got up to speak a woman played some music and said “it’s a circus” and was escorted out without incident.

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  14th March 2016

    Anti TPPA nutters unite. Free dildos for your pecadillos.

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  2. Hope you learn heaps PG! Taking photos or doing a piece just for the Roadshow? I can’t make any of them so I’d love to hear what goes on! Have a good one.

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  3. Also looking forward to a first hand report Pete. 🙂

    Meantime I gather the Waitangi Tribunal is convening an urgent meeting in Wellington this week to consider the TPPA?

    “The Waitangi Tribunal has granted an urgent hearing on the TPPA in mid-March. It will focus on 2 questions: does the Treaty of Waitangi exception really protect Maori as the government says it does, tested against several scenarios; and what process should the Crown be adopting with its Treaty partner in relation to the TPPA.” – watchblogaotearoa

    http://watchblogaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/ – I’ve never heard of them before now. I was trying to find confirmation of what I heard on RNZ and couldn’t find it on RNZ’s own website. This watchblogaotearoa describe themselves as “the online tool of Foreign Control Watchdog” :-/

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  4. Gezza

     /  14th March 2016

    When David Walker got up to speak a woman played some music and said “it’s a circus” and was escorted out without incident.

    Wandering Minstrel who ended up in the wrong tent?

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    • Pantsdownbrown

       /  14th March 2016

      The more of these nutters that show up, the more it shows what the TPPA protest is about – a protest for the sake of protesting based on nothing. Bring on the dildo-throwers I say!

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  5. Zedd

     /  14th March 2016

    @PG

    still ringing in my ears.. “T.P.P.A. : Taking Peoples Power Away !” from previous rallies/protests in Dn (& I stronglyagree) 😀

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    • Zedd

       /  14th March 2016

      btw; how does 108 (at the Govt. meeting) compare to the estimated 3000++ who attended the protests, over the last few months ?

      Its easy to say that the 3k were just ‘rent a crowd’ but I seriously doubt that !! :/

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      • Zedd

         /  14th March 2016

        only two thumbs down.. come on people, is that all you’ve got LOL 😀

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      • insider

         /  14th March 2016

        Maybe the better question to ask is: where have those 3000+++ disappeared to? Martin Bradbury was calling for national protests two weeks ago and not mentioned it since. He’s already focusing on his next protest. If it’s such a big thing why are only a handful of people turning up to protest, far fewer than those turning up to listen.

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        • Zedd

           /  14th March 2016

          Rattling the cages, every week, does not have the same impact as a good, strong shake, every month or so.. watch the space ! 🙂

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  6. Oliver

     /  14th March 2016

    TPPA no way! good work people of NZ lets stop this deal from going ahead.

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    • Zedd

       /  14th March 2016

      I hear Trump & maybe Bernie/Hillary are also opposed to the TPPA.. concerned it will ‘take peoples jobs away in USA’ :/

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      • Personally Zedd, I think its indicative of a re-evaluation of the neoliberal + globalization agenda, as is Jeremy Corbin in the U.K. It’s like, sure, there’s been some good things have resulted from this 🙂 and its cost us dearly in other ways too 😦

        I reckon people are beginning to ask, do the benefits really outweigh the costs? Sometimes it looks like the benefits are largely economic, bottom-line, pure numbers, while the disadvantages and hurts are more ‘human’, more difficult to put a figure on, to measure in dollars? They are cultural, national identity, quality-of-life and future prospects issues?

        Owning a home in New Zealand for instance … 😉

        It sounds all very well in theory … as we are about to find out from a bunch of people … but in practice there’s Kawerau’s all over the United States, the U.K. and many other neo-nations … :-/

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