MAD HATTER’S TPPA-RTY
New Zealand. Brilliant wee spot, well out of harm’s way. Perfect place to sign a dodgy trade deal while everyone’s at the beach.
What’s all the excitement about, anyhow? From a New Zealand perspective, we do face economic disadvantages. Our distance to market and our relatively small size are constant headwinds.
Luckily, these are countered by an amazing advantage that drives export earnings. It is unrivalled globally. It is also rather fragile. Like the goose laying her golden eggs, clean and green is where it’s at. This reputation is the mainstay of our tourism sector, and strongly supports market access and premiums enjoyed by our primary sector.
So why would we ever want to risk this irreplaceable economic advantage by becoming subject to the Trans Pacific Partnership?
Simply put, the TPP is a trojan horse being wheeled into our midst, enabling offshore corporations to dictate laws and practices in New Zealand.
If signed, the TPP will override democracy and slowly strangle the goose and her golden eggs. It is time to stand up for New Zealand’s future and resist the TPP.
Brent Barrett Palmerston North