Archive for February, 2011

How much is NZ-US Partnership Council costing taxpayers?

Press Release – NZ Not For Sale

The NZ Not For Sale Campaign is writing to the Mayor and City Council of Christchurch asking for information on what, if anything, the city has budgeted for playing host to the secret NZ-US Partnership Council meeting being held in Christchurch (at an … Read more »

Broaden dialogue on trade negotiations

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

It’s time for broadening dialogue about and input into the trade negotiation process, says Opposition Trade Spokesperson, Maryan Street. “We are embarking on a new era of trade negotiations, where civil society demands more input into and more accountability … Read more »

Key’s Use of CER a Foretaste of a TPPA

Article – Professor Jane Kelsey

Last year the National-led government backed off its intention to further weaken New Zealand’s foreign investment laws after it faced a groundswell of public opposition. Instead, it made some mild moves to tighten those controls. On Wednesday, the government … Read more »

New leaks of TPPA text show U.S. is playing hardball

Article – Professor Jane Kelsey

There has been another leak of the secret documents at the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in Santiago this week, this time involving United States’ negotiating text. The text confirms that the Americans are taking an extremely aggressive position … Read more »

Shocking process for major issues in Oz investment agreement

Press Release – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

The investment agreement signed by the Prime Minister today with Australia prevents significant changes in our investment rules, yet was signed without any opportunity for the public to have a say on its provisions, says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. Read more »

U.S. Statement at the Trade Policy Review of Japan

Press Release – US State Department

On behalf of the United States, I welcome this opportunity to participate in Japan’s tenth Trade Policy Review. I also wish to welcome members of the Japanese delegation, led by Mr. Takehiro Kagawa, Deputy Director-General of the Economic Bureau in the … Read more »

Joint Statement: PMs Key & Gillard February 2011 Report

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Prime Ministers John Key and Julia Gillard held bilateral talks in Wellington on 16 February 2011 during Prime Minister Gillard’s first official visit to New Zealand. The Prime Ministers welcomed the opportunity to meet and committed to holding annual … Read more »

New trans-Tasman investment caps excludes sensitive NZ land

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 16 (BusinessDesk) – The increased investment thresholds for injecting money across the Tasman doesn’t cover sensitive land, with farmland and fishing quotas still requiring official oversight. Read more »

International Civil Society Demands End to Secrecy in TPPA

Article – Professor Jane Kelsey

Negotiators in Santiago, Chile for the fifth round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks were delivered a forceful message today by prominent civil society groups, demanding an end to the secrecy that shields their negotiations from the scrutiny … Read more »

Trans-Tasman ‘borderless’ travel on the table, says Gillard

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 16 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand and Australian governments are working towards ‘borderless’ travel across the Tasman as part of the goal of a single economic market. Read more »

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