Picketers roll out
Protesters are determined to provoke debate about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and picketed the King St office of National list MP Jono Naylor last Friday.
‘‘The Government is letting us down by not providing a forum for robust, informed debate,’’ claims indigenous and environmental activist Te Ao Pritchard.
Te Ao says because the 12-nation pact will impact on every sector of people’s lives, the public is entitled to be involved and informed every step of the way.
‘‘We’re demanding it. It’s what they should be doing, but we’re not waiting around for it.’’
Groups opposed to this Thursday’s signing at SkyCity have been holding meetings involving medical practitioners and lawyers to explain the various sections of the agreement, and how it will affect the New Zealand way of life.
Defending the agreement process, Jono says that the TPPA was following usual trade agreement process, and the public would get to have their say before anything came into effect.
‘‘It’s a misnomer to say there’s no consultation. Any legislation that is passed to enact the TPPA will go through the select committee process.