MAD HAT­TER’S TPPA-RTY

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS -

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

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