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To: The Bay of Plenty Councils
TPPA Petition to the Bay of Plenty Councils
That Bay of Plenty Councils encourage the government to conclude negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Free Trade Agreements in a way that provides net positive benefits for the Bay of Plenty and New Zealand, that is, provided the Partnership and Agreements achieve the following objectives:
(1.) Continues to allow the Bay of Plenty 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;
(2.) Maintains good diplomatic and trade relations and partnerships for the Bay of Plenty and New Zealand with other major trading partners not included in the agreement including with China;
(3.) Provides substantially increased access for our agriculture exports, particularly those from the Bay of Plenty into the US Market;
(4.) Does not undermine PHARMAC, raise the cost of medical treatments and medicines or threaten public health measures, such as tobacco control;
(5.) 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;
(6.) Does not expand intellectual property rights and enforcement in excess of current law;
(7.) Does not weaken our public services, require privatisation, hinder reversal of privatisations, or increase the commercialization of Government or of Bay of Plenty Council or other local government organisations;
(8.) Does not reduce our flexibility to support local economic and industry development and encourage good employment and environmental practices and initiatives such as Buy Local and our farmers markets;
(9.) Contains enforceable labour clauses requiring adherence to core International Labour Organisation conventions and preventing reduction of labour rights for trade or investment advantage;
(10.) Contains enforceable environmental clauses preventing reduction of environmental and biosecurity standards for trade or investment advantage;
(11.) Has general exemptions to protect human rights, the environment, the Treaty of Waitangi, and New Zealand's economic and financial stability;
(12.) 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?
The mainstream media of New Zealand are not informing our public of the dire consequences of this 'so-called' trade agreement, or questioning why it is being negotiated secretly in collaboration with foreign corporate investors.
So it falls upon us to inform our communities, to pressure our government for full disclosure, and to insist upon our democratic right to decide if this Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will be the signing away of our future.
Based upon the latest Wikileaks documents, we understand that signing the TPPA in it's current form will open New Zealand up to the following:
* Foreign investors dictating our domestic laws
* Inflated pricing of patented medicines
* Weak or non-existent GMO food labelling
* Overriding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
* Pushing more of our kiwi jobs overseas
* Undermining our environmental protections
* Unfettered mining, drilling and fracking
* Escalation of our national financial crises
* Irreversible sellouts of more kiwi assets
* Voidance of our “buy kiwi made” policy
* Erosion of privacy and internet freedoms
* Corporate takeover of our Kiwi way of life
We stand united with our communities against the signing away of our future and call upon our local councils to stand united with us!
How it will be delivered
We will deliver the signed petitions to the Bay of Plenty Councils when we present our submission to them in person in May 2015. All supporters and signatories are invited to attend this meeting with us and ensure that our concerns are heeded.