TPPA poll

One News/Colmar Brunton included a TPP question in their latest poll, and it doesn’t support what some anti-TPPA activists have claimed about public opposition.

“Some say the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement gives too much power to overseas companies, because they can use the Investor State Disputes System to challenge the Government. Some argue this will restrict New Zealand’s sovereignty, which is our ability to make our own laws and govern ourselves.

Others say the agreement has very little impact on our sovereignty because other countries can’t write our laws, and because the agreement goes both ways, and also protects New Zealand companies when investing in overseas markets.

Which of these best describe your view on the TPPA?”

  • It may impact our sovereignty and I’m concerned about it 42%
  • It may impact our sovereignty but it’s not a big concern 22%
  • It won’t have much impact on our sovereignty 24%
  • Don’t know 12%

So reasonably evenly split but less than a majority think the sovereignty  is a concern and also less than a majority who aren’t concerned, with a sizeable ‘don’t know’.

And even those who have concerns about it may or may not oppose the TPPA.

The preferences are fairly party aligned, with the following percent more likely than average to believe the TPP will have an impact on our sovereignty:

  • Māori 82%
  • Labour Party supporters 62%
  • New Zealand First supporters 73%
  • Green Party supporters 67%

Source ONE News Colmar Brunton Poll 13 – 17 February 2016 (PDF)

Meanwhile last week the Upper Hutt City Council has adopted a TPPA Free Zone policy.

Upper Hutt City Council adopts a TPPA Free Zone policy as a precaution to the imposition of the Trans Pacific Partnership.1

The Upper Hutt City Council in a close vote at its 24 February Council meeting adopted an 8 point policy resolution in respect to the TPP.

2. Reviews the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) text against the TPP Policy Solution adopted by councils representing a majority (60%) of the NZ population.

“Representing a majority (60%) of the NZ population” in this context is meaningless and misleading.

3. Asks that Central Government initiates a full public and parliamentary debate before proceeding with formal consideration of the TPP, including any further binding treaty action.

4. Asks that Central Government carry out independent human rights, health and environmental impact assessments of the potential effects of the TPP on the people and the land of New Zealand, as urged by the United Nations independent expert Alfred de Zayas, and make this information publicly available.

5. Asks that Central Government consults with local government prior to any further  action taken that might compromise the ability of local government to make decisions in the interests of our region, the people and their environment.

So a city council is trying to tell central Government how they should be running the country. If I was an Upper Hutt ratepayer I’d be pissed off that the council wasted time on matters that aren’t their business, especially with no mandate from the voters to do so.

This is a waste of time stunt.