Pick­eters roll out

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

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.

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