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To: Gisborne District Council
Get GDC to Adopt this Resolution to Protect Gisborne from the TPPA
We need Gisborne District Council to agree to adopt this 12 point resolution as representing the public interest guide lines to the National led Government in its negotiations on the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership). We further request that GDC present copies of this petition to National Government as the will and collective interest of the undersigned along with itself.
TPPA Resolution for Local Government consideration:
That the Gisborne District Council encourages the government to conclude negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Free Trade Agreements in a way that provides net positive benefits for the Gisborne District and New Zealand, that is, provided the Partnership and Agreements achieve the following objectives:
Continues to allow the Gisborne District Council and other Councils, if they so choose, to adopt procurement policies that provide for a degree of local preference; to choose whether particular services or facilities are provided in house, by council-controlled organisations (CCOs) or by contracting out; or to require higher health and safety, environmental protection, employment rights and conditions, community participation, animal protection or human rights standards than national or international minimum standards.
Maintains good diplomatic and trade relations and partnerships for the Gisborne District Council and New Zealand with other major trading partners not included in the agreement including with China.
Provides substantially increased access for our agriculture exports, particularly those from the Gisborne District Council region into the US Market.
Does not undermine PHARMAC, raise the cost of medical treatments and medicines or threaten public health measures, such as tobacco control.
Does not give overseas investors or suppliers any greater rights than domestic investors and suppliers such as through introducing Investor-State Dispute Settlement, or reduce our ability to control overseas investment or finance.
Does not expand intellectual property rights and enforcement in excess of current law.
Does not weaken our public services, require privatisation, hinder reversal of privatisations, or increase the commercialization of Government or of the Gisborne District Council or other local government organisations.
Does not reduce our flexibility to support local economic and industry development and encourage good employment and environmental practices and initiatives like the Mayor's Taskforce for Jobs which enable marginalised young people to develop their skills and transition into meaningful employment.
Contains enforceable labour clauses requiring adherence to core International Labour Organisation conventions and preventing reduction of labour rights for trade or investment advantage.
Contains enforceable environmental clauses preventing reduction of environmental and biosecurity standards for trade or investment advantage.
Has general exemptions to protect human rights, the environment, the Treaty of Waitangi, and New Zealand's economic and financial stability.
Has been negotiated with real public consultation including regular public releases of drafts of the text of the agreement, and ratification being conditional on a full social, environmental, and economic impact assessment including public submissions.
Why is this important?
As our elected Council, GDC needs to address the TPP and its effects on our community. This resolution will ensure they voice their willingness to protect us as much as they can. Other major NZ cities have adopted these resolutions and Gisborne should be next. Cities include Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Dunedin among others. Adopt this resolution. Protect our Gisborne community.