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The TPPA – big business plans to fight back

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, November 11th, 2014 - 74 comments
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So New Zealand businesses are planning a fighting fund for advertising to tell us why the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement is a really good idea.  And with a level of condescension that only big business is capable of ANZCO chair Graeme Harrison is telling us why our concerns are so wrong.

Audrey Young reported in the Herald this morning:

New Zealand businesses are planning a “fighting fund” for a pro-TPP campaign once a deal is finished and in the public arena, Prime Minister John Key was told in Beijing yesterday.

ANZCO meat exporters chairman Sir Graeme Harrison revealed his plan in comments thanking the Prime Minister for a speech to an Apec New Zealand business delegation.

Sir Graeme made mention of the street protests against TPP around New Zealand on Saturday.

“What we saw in the weekend on TPP, we have to engage like it or not,” he said. “So we in business will be there to help and we will put our hands in our pocket as well for a fighting fund because it is really necessary.”

Sir Graeme said he was concerned that the public did not understand the benefits of TPP or the free trade agreement New Zealand had with China.

He said he wanted to put the facts on the table “rather than things that appeal to people’s gut instincts but aren’t backed by facts”.

It is interesting that business is planning the campaign after the deal has been concluded.  If the public does not understand the benefits of TPP it is because of the absurd secrecy.  This Government may be dealing away parts of our sovereignty and we do not even know it.

And I agree with Harrison that the facts should be put on the table.  Right now.  So we can see what our Government is negotiating on and what it is prepared to surrender.

The article highlights well the division on this issue.  On one side are the corporates intending to use the TPPA to increase profitability and willing to contribute to a fund.  On the other side are the people demanding the protection of our democracy as well as the preservation of our environmental protections and of our working rights but lacking in any financial resources.

The Labour Party has within caucus a diversity of views on the issue.  But for me the resolution passed at the party conference in 2012 expresses the formal position well.  The text is:

THAT in light of the Labour Party’s strong commitment to both the benefits of international trade and New Zealand’s national sovereignty, and recognising the far-reaching implications for domestic policy of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, in which trade is only a small part, Labour will support signing such an agreement only if it:

a) Provides substantially increased access for our agriculture exports to the US market;

b) Does not undermine PHARMAC, raise the cost of medical treatments and medicines or threaten public health measures such as tobacco control;

c) Does not give overseas investors or suppliers any greater rights than domestic investors and suppliers, such as Investor-State Dispute Settlement, or reduce our ability to control overseas investment or finance;

d) Does not expand intellectual property rights and enforcement in excess of current law;

e) Does not weaken our public services, require privatisation, hinder reversal of privatisations, or increase the commercialisation of government organisations;

f) Does not reduce our flexibility to support local economic and industry development and encourage good employment and environmental practices;

g) Contains enforceable labour clauses requiring adherence to core International Labour Organisation conventions and preventing reduction of labour rights for trade or investment advantage;

h) Contains enforceable environmental clauses preventing reduction of environmental standards for trade or investment advantage;

i) Has general exceptions to protect human rights, the environment, the Treaty of Waitangi, and New Zealand’s economic and financial stability;

j) Had been negotiated with full public consultation including regular public releases of drafts of the text of the agreement, and ratification being conditional on a full social, environmental and economic impact assessment including public submissions.

It seems to me to be likely that the the current TPPA if passed will fail a number of these conditions.  Caucus should take the opportunity to stand up and oppose a measure that is clearly not in the country’s best interests.

74 comments on “The TPPA – big business plans to fight back”

  1. Sabine 1

    so lets hope that when the Labour Leadership Selection is over, the person who is selected will find the time to actually talk about these issues loudly and in plain english so that everyone, including our esteemed stenographer from the media circus will understand it.

    Alas, I don’t think this is going to happen.

    And also, someone who is a bit more savvy than I in these things, could we set up a crowd sourcing to provide funds so that we can counter the ads by the meat and milk barons of nz?

  2. Tracey 2

    When someone talks about putting facts on the table but only wants to discuss benefits (not burdens), their credibility is a little dented from the get go.

    A bucket was sent around the crowd on Saturday to pay for any future action.

    People who say the left have money too are deliberately misleading. That bucket will probably fall short of just the first Business donation to the “facts on the table after the signatures” campaign of business.

    Interestingly, to date, the government only speaks of benefits in non specific ethereal terms.

  3. Pat O'Dea 3

    Calls for TPP transparency are code for destroying it, says Groser
    NBR February 12, 2014

    Tim Groser is right!

    The first multinational corporation backed campaign to protect investor rights internationally, the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, the MAI which had attempted to enshrine investor state rights to sue governments for any loss of their profits, was destroyed when the complete text was leaked to the public.

    The same thing would happen to the TPPA if the official text became public knowledge.


    Because the official text of the MAI showed that it required member countries to agree to be sued by if they passed legislation that impacted on the profits of the corporate multinationals.

    This revelation, when it got out, caused international public outrage. Forcing the cancellation of the MAI.
    But the corporates and their right wing stooges in governments around the world didn’t give up.
    And have resurected the MAI and mislabeled and repackaged it as trade deal.

    Make no mistake the TPPA is the MAI brought back to life, but this time its backers have learned not to let the official text of the restrictions on democracy and national sovereignty be released into the global public arena.

    Our only knowledge that such things will enacted in the TPPA are from unofficial leaks, this allows champions of the TPPA like Tim Groser and John Key to bat away criticisim of the agreement as uninformed and alarmist, while allowing them to remain vague when questioned about what exactly the Investor State Dispute Resolution really means for this country’s independent ability to pass legistlation that may impact corporate profits.

    • Chooky 3.1

      ‘Obama’s TPP Negotiators Received Huge Bonuses from Big Banks’

      ….this is what is is really all about

      …Big Business , Big Banks ripping off the people!


      • Tracey 3.1.1

        thanks for the link and information… i am sure its okay though, they seem to be people like john key so we can just trust them to put the interest of the people first just like they did in their previous jobs…. oh wait

        what date did obama delegate his spot as leader of a meeting to key?

        i asked cos i wonder if leaking of the news in may that countries were getting cold tpp feet resulted in key being obamas patsy to change the others minds without it being seen as usa bullying? proxy if you like

        “…Last month, leaked memos obtained by the Huffington Post suggested that the US has lost almost all international support from the 11 other Pacific Rim nations engaged in TPP discussions. …” may 2014

        • politikiwi

          A few months ago when Dirty Politics was release, there were howls from the Right of “All Politicians Lie.”

          Now they claim “Our trade negotiators wouldn’t lie!”

          Can’t have it both ways, team.

  4. karol 4

    Well the big business people show exactly who/what they stand for, and their MO.

    Trying to use their money advantage to buy out democracy.

    And clearly Saturday’s day of action had an impact, and worried the corporates.

    • Tracey 4.1

      “And clearly Saturday’s day of action had an impact, and worried the corporates.”

      Yup, people waking up to the notion of their rights to make laws, unfettered, in their own country, is worth fighting for has prompted a multi million dollar fighting fund… Contributions to said fund will be open to public scrutiny and transparent, of course. Hoots got himself a new client?

  5. Chooky 5

    lets hope this American corporate dominated agreement is not accepted by the other Pacific potential signatories .(.i am sure John Key would sign it without any qualms for NZers rights and democracy)

    ….and lets hope a far better broader liberal TPPA is signed including China and Russia (…Russia could be a far more favourable trading partner for New Zealand for agricultural products than USA…and it has huge reserves of oil with a new pipeline going to China)

    …we should be holding out for this second option

    • Tracey 5.1

      John key went to a TPPA meeting and listened to Obama telling everyone else what was left to do. There is a clue in that alone.

    • DoublePlus Good 5.2

      We really don’t want to be signing a TPPA-like agreement with either China or Russia. For a start we should be boycotting Russia for invading Crimea and Donbass. Let’s not pretend that those two countries are any more interested in our sovereignty and wellbeing than the USA

      • Tracey 5.2.1

        wrong. neither of those countries has anything like the litigious history of usa corps under trade agreements. in any event russia and china are not part of the tpp. in any event to my knowledge the investor clause enabling suing govts for profits isnt in the china fta.

        go read up on nafta and other trade agreements involving usa and see how often their corps sue govts whn they pass laws, or try to pass laws they see as unfavourable to their business.

        i dont know if you are deliberately trying to make people take their eye off the ball or if you just dont know how often usa corps sue govts under investor provisions.

      • Chooky 5.2.2

        of course you realise USA corporations have been meddling in Crimea as well…?

        NZ farmers recognise we could have very good farmer trade deals with Russia…

        • DoublePlus Good

          I don’t agree with trade agreements with the US either. None of those three countries can be trusted with any kind of trade agreements, given how they conduct themselves in international relations.

    • Tracey 5.3

      we have a fta with china?…

      russia just invaded a sovereign country an no one has suggested we send troops…

      lets not unduly muddy the waters chooky

  6. Tracey 6

    I have asked Dr Mapp many times on this site to tell me how many jobs will be created from the TPP and how long before wages go up. I have asked him to base it on the speed of those events from previous trade agreements.

    Don’t bother searching for his answer…

  7. Gareth 7

    People should also continue to counter this idea that protestors are anti-free trade.

    They are instead, or should be, anti-free movement of capital.

    We don’t want cheaper things per se, we want things cheaper relative to our incomes. To be able to buy more.

    We don’t want businesses to pack up and go someplace they can make stuff cheaper taking jobs with them and leaving us poorer.

    People should also be anti-a “trade deal” that negates or prevents NZ laws.

    If you haven’t already, read this: http://economixcomix.com/home/tpp/

  8. Tautoko Mangō Mata 8

    Graeme Harrison is only looking at the cost benefit analysis for his own company. Sir Graeme said he was concerned that the public did not understand the benefits of TPP.
    He needs to listen to some of the medical people who signed the open letter to John Key pointing out the detrimental aspects of the TPPA on health both in the cost of drugs and the ability of NZ to legislate in areas which could improve the public health and thereby reduce medical costs spent on preventative illnesses. It is not the protestors that have myopia….

    • Tracey 8.1

      if not for the protestors the only information in the arena would be the glib and very shallow suggestions of benefits… business fund sets off on a flawed premise on its path to further mislead the public.

      Another good article from george monibot of the guardian a few days ago…

      Gunpowder plot against democracy


      “…The central problem is what the negotiators call investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). The treaty would allow corporations to sue governments before an arbitration panel composed of corporate lawyers, at which other people have no representation, and which is not subject to judicial review(12).

      Already, thanks to the insertion of ISDS into much smaller trade treaties, big business is engaged in an orgy of litigation, whose purpose is to strike down any law that might impinge on its anticipated future profits. The tobacco firm Philip Morris is suing both Uruguay and Australia for trying to discourage people from smoking(13). The oil firm Occidental was awarded $2.3bn in compensation from Ecuador, which terminated the company’s drilling concession in the Amazon when it discovered that Occidental had broken Ecuadorean law(14). The Swedish company Vattenfall is suing the German government for shutting down nuclear power(15). An Australian firm is suing El Salvador for $300m for refusing permission for a gold mine that would poison the drinking water(16).

      The same mechanism, under TTIP, could be used to prevent governments in the UK from reversing the privatisation of the railways and the National Health Service, or from defending public health and the natural world against corporate greed. Its overall effect is to chill the formation of any policy that puts people ahead of money….”


    • Tracey 8.2

      some things are worth repeating in full

      “12 May 2014

      Rt Hon John Key
      Prime Minister
      Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
      j.key@ministers.govt.nz, john.key@national.org.nz

      Dear Prime Minister

      The TPPA threatens the future of health in NZ, by elevating “investor rights” of transnational corporations over the right of the New Zealand people to develop, adapt or improve domestic regulatory policies according to changing health needs

      We as members of the New Zealand health professional community are writing to express serious concerns about a variety of important risks posed by the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to health in NZ.

      This open letter to you as Prime Minister follows on from three previous letters sent by different health related groups to yourself or the Minister of Health dated 1 March, 4 October and 4 December 2013. Signatories to those letters totalled more than 400 health professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds in healthcare.

      We are writing to highlight the far-reaching unintended consequences that investor state dispute (ISDS) provisions proposed in the TPPA would have on the future of health in New Zealand. We base our concerns on the draft text of the investment chapter that was leaked in June 2012 and similar chapters in US free trade agreements. That leaked chapter revealed that Australia was the only party that opposed the application of ISDS to foreign investments in its country; New Zealand did not.

      ISDS provisions would allow foreign transnational corporations to seek compensation from the New Zealand government should the value of their investment and/or their anticipated profits be threatened by actions taken to improve the health of New Zealanders. The very existence of ISDS provisions can have a significant ‘chilling effect’ on national regulatory processes, due to the threat of litigation.

      While New Zealand does already have ISDS obligations in some of its agreements, the TPPA is far more sweeping in the number of parties it covers and the scope of the rules. The inclusion of the US alone marks it out as a major new development.

      The likely unintended health consequences of ISDS provisions in the TPPA relate to the tobacco, alcohol, fossil fuel and pharmaceutical industries, as follows:

      Firstly, the mere existence of ISDS provisions could seriously hinder the ability of New Zealand people, through our representative government, to tighten controls on harmful substances.

      Important examples include regulatory controls on the sale and marketing of alcohol and tobacco.

      The use of ISDS provisions by transnational tobacco companies is not hypothetical. The tobacco company Philip Morris Asia is currently exercising ISDS provisions under an existing treaty by seeking compensation from the Australian government in response to tobacco plain packaging laws. Philip Morris has also pursued ISDS claims against tobacco control policies in Uruguay and Norway. We can already see the chilling effect of threats to sue in your government’s decision to defer the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco products until several legal actions against Australia, including an ISDS case being brought by Philip Morris, are concluded.

      The inclusion of these ISDS provisions in the TPPA would thus seriously undermine current progress toward achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025, as well as achieving public health targets relating to other harmful substances.

      Secondly, ISDS provisions would limit the ability of the New Zealand government to improve regulatory controls on the activities of foreign fossil fuel companies that pose potential health risks due to toxic environmental contamination.

      A particular example of the need to increase regulation is hydraulic fracturing (fracking). According to the 2012 report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, fracking can only be performed safely when best practices are enforced through regulation rather than by voluntary agreement. The need to strengthen the current regulatory framework in NZ is indicated in the concluding chapter: “In New Zealand… companies appear to be not only regulating themselves, but monitoring their own performance”. The dangers of that light-handed approach of self-regulation have been exposed through the Pike River mining tragedy and the spate of deaths of forestry workers.

      Fossil fuel companies have an extensive track record of exercising ISDS provisions under investment treaties such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As of March 2013, there were 60 ISDS cases relating to oil, mining or gas being brought before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Further claims for billions of additional dollars are pending.

      Thirdly, ISDS provisions would reduce the ability of the New Zealand government to improve regulatory controls on the sales and marketing of medicines by transnational pharmaceutical companies.

      New Zealand should retain the option to regulate direct to consumer advertising of drugs, such as antibiotics, the use of which must be urgently restricted according to a recent WHO report which warns that increasing antimicrobial resistance poses a global threat to public health.

      In the same way that both tobacco and fossil fuel companies have aggressively exercised ISDS provisions under NAFTA, the pharmaceutical industry has also sought compensation in response to new legislation or domestic legal rulings. For example, the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly is currently bringing a case against the Canadian government for $500 million Canadian dollars in response to a patent ruling made in a Canadian federal court, which found that Eli Lilly had not satisfied Canada’s domestic legal requirements.

      These examples highlight our concerns about ISDS provisions. Including such provisions in the TPPA would jeopardise both the right and responsibility of the NZ government to implement policies to safeguard the health of the NZ public.

      Furthermore, while these specific examples of ISDS cases are alarming enough, even more concerning is the powerful deterrent effect that the continuous threat of such action would have on future New Zealand governments, even when faced with new evidence identifying that existing regulatory frameworks need to be revised in the interest of health.

      Other serious unintended consequences for health in New Zealand include the extension of patent monopoly rights on pharmaceuticals, diagnostic tests, and vaccines; all of which would result in significantly increased health costs for the NZ public.

      The inclusion in the TPPA of “transparency” provisions that undermine the current bargaining power of PHARMAC in its regular negotiations with the pharmaceutical industry would further exacerbate cost increases. Such cost increases will inevitably either erode the health gains available within DHBs’ health budgets, or require substantial increases in health spending to merely maintain the health gains from new pharmaceutical (and impending medical devices) spending; this patently will affect “the fundamentals of PHARMAC”, despite Ministerial assurances to the contrary.

      Similarly, New Zealand has no provision for a period of exclusive rights over clinical trial data, as some countries have and that has been a subject of TPPA negotiation. Any period of data exclusivity will delay the production of generic versions of new drugs, especially new cancer medicines that have greater efficacy and fewer side effects, and will increase PHARMAC’S costs.

      The potential ramifications of the TPPA are thus incredibly far-reaching for us as New Zealand people and the sovereignty of our representative government, both now and for our future generations.

      We therefore reiterate previous calls for:

      An unwavering commitment to provisions that rigorously safeguard the health of all New Zealanders.
      Immediate transparency and release of the TPPA negotiating texts so that a rigorous, fair and informed democratic public debate can be conducted prior to any irreversible concessions being made, let alone any agreement being signed. We echo the concerns of the Public Health Association that whereas hundreds of US corporate advisors have been granted access to the negotiation texts, similar access has been with-held from health experts and the wider public there and in NZ.
      An independent assessment of all chapters by teams of local experts and civil society, not only considering the implications for foreign policy and trade, but also potential for far reaching, long term adverse health consequences for the New Zealand people.
      In the interest of a healthy and functioning democracy, we ask the leaders of all political parties to clearly articulate their respective positions on the TPPA – specifically the proposed ISDS provisions – at the earliest possible opportunity.

      Yours sincerely

      New Zealand health organisations and 270+ individual health professionals:

      OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council
      New Zealand Nurses Organisation
      Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases, New Zealand branch
      New Zealand Medical Students’ Association
      Auckland University Medical Students’ Association


      Dr Joshua Freeman BSc MBChB PGDipID FRCPA, Clinical Microbiologist, Honorary Academic, University of Auckland
      Dr Rhys Jones MBChB MPH FNZCPHM, Public Health Physician, University of Auckland; Co-convenor, OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council
      Prof Innes Asher, MBChB BSc MD FRACP, Paediatrician, Head of Paediatrics: Child and Youth Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland
      Prof Evan Begg BSc, MBChB MD FRACP, Clinical Pharmacologist, member RACP, BPS, ASCEPT, University of Otago Christchurch
      E/Prof Carl Burgess MBChB MD MRCP FRACP FRCP, Clinical Pharmacologist, Professor Emeritus Wellington; ex-Chair Pharmacology and Therapeutics Committee (PTAC) of PHARMAC
      Prof Jenny Carryer RN PhD FCNA(NZ) MNZM, Executive Director, College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) Inc.
      Prof Jennie Connor BSc MBChB PhD FNZCPHM, Head of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin
      Karen Guilliland MNZM MA RM RGON, Chief Executive New Zealand College of Midwives; ex-Board member PHARMAC
      Marion Guy MNurs, RN, President NZ Nurses Organisation (NZNO)
      Adj Prof Jill Clendon, NZ Nurses Organisation, Adjunctive Professor, Victoria University Wellington
      Prof John McCall MBChB MD FRACS Hepatobiliary & General Surgeon / Mckenzie Professor of Clinical Science, University of Otago Dunedin
      Dr Erik Monasterio MBChB FRANZCP, Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry, Senior Clinical Lecturer, Canterbury
      Kerri Nuku, Kaiwhakahaere NZ Nurses Organisation (NZNO)
      A/Prof Philip Pattemore MD FRACP, Associate Professor of Paediatrics, University of Otago, Christchurch
      Prof Phillippa Poole MBChB MD FRACP, Physician, Head of Medicine, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland
      A/Prof Papaarangi Reid MBChB FNZCPHM, Public Health Physician, Tumuaki, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland
      Prof Doug Sellman MBChB PhD FRANZCP FAChAM, Psychiatrist, Director, National Addiction Centre, University of Otago, Christchurch
      Dr Ruth Spearing MBChB FRACP FRCPA, Haematologist, Canterbury; ex-PTAC Subcommittee member (PHARMAC)
      Marise Stuart, President New Zealand Medical Students’ Association
      Prof Boyd Swinburn MD MBChB FRACP, Chair of Population Nutrition and Global Health, University of Auckland
      Prof Les Toop MBChB MD(Brist) MRCGP (Dist) FRNZCGP (Dist), General Practitioner, Head of General Practice, University of Otago, Christchurch; ex-member Pharmacology and Therapeutics Committee (PTAC) of PHARMAC
      E/Prof Ian Town, MBChB MD DM(Soton), Professor Emeritus , University of Canterbury
      Mr Russell Tregonning MBChB FRACS, Orthopaedic Surgeon & Senior Clinical Lecturer, Executive Board member OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council
      Prof Alistair Woodward MB BS MMedSci PhD FNZCPHM, Epidemiologist/Public Health Physician, University of Auckland
      Prof Shanthi Ameratunga MBChB MPH PhD FRACP FAFPHM, Professor of Epidemiology, Section of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Population Health, University of Auckland
      Natalie Arnold, Medical Student, Auckland
      Ranui Baillie, Medical Student, Wellington
      Dr Indira Basu PhD, Molecular Biologist, Auckland
      Robyn Beach BN MHealSc, Canterbury, Member TSANZ
      A/Prof Lutz Beckert FRACP MRCP MD, University of Otago Christchurch
      Dr Helen Bichan MBChB, DPM DHA FRACP FNZCPHM, Public Health Physician
      Dr Mark Birch MBBS FRACP MPHTM
      Dr Alison Blaiklock MBChB MPHTM FRNZCPM FAFPHM(RACP) GDipNFP GCertDisasRefugHlth, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Department of Public Health, University of Otago Wellington
      Dr Sainimere Boladuadua MBChB, Public Health Medicine Registrar, New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine
      Dr Dennis Boon von Ochssee MBChB FANZCA, Canterbury
      A/Prof Roger Booth MSc PhD Academic Director, School of Medical Sciences, University of Auckland
      Dr James E Bower BSc MSc PhD, Auckland
      Dr Catherine Brett BMedSci BMBS FRANZCP, Canterbury
      Dr Danielle Brown FRNCGP, Pegasus Health Christchurch
      Michael Browne BA, Research Assistant, University of Auckland
      Dr Cheryl Brunton MBChB DipComH FNZCPHM, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, University of Otago, Christchurch
      Dr Christina Buchanan PhD, Senior Research Fellow, University of Auckland
      Adam Burnell, Medical Student, University of Auckland
      Dr Michael Butchard MBChB, BA(hons), BSc, DPH, Public Health Registrar, University of Otago
      Andrew Butler Haematologist FRACP FRCPath, Canterbury
      Dr Paul Butler BSc MBChB DipObst MSc. FRNZCGP
      A/Prof Anthony Butler, University of Otago and University of Canterbury
      Dr Jennifer Butler, Canterbury
      Isobel Cairns BA(Hons) GradDipSci, MPH (pending), School of Population Health, University of Auckland
      P Calton, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Paediatrics, Palmerston North
      Shaun Cavanagh BHsc, Recreation Therapy
      Dr Emily Chang FRACP MBChB DipPaed, Paediatrician, Auckland
      Marie Chester DipOT MOccTher DHSc candidate / Professional Leader Occupational Therapy, Auckland
      Dr Monika Clark-Grill MD PhD FRNZCGP, Faculty of Medicine, University of Otago
      Dr Chris Collins FRANZCP, Psychiatrist, Christchurch
      Dr Hera Cook BA(Hons) PhD FRHistS, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington
      Nicola Corna RN MNurs, Member of New Zealand Nurses Organisation Respiratory Nurses section, Clinical nurse specialist – Respiratory, Counties Manukau
      Dr Paul Corwin BSc MBChB FRNZCGP, General Practitioner, Greymouth
      Dr Angela Craig MBChB DCH FRACP, General Paediatrician, Hawkes Bay
      Dr Brian JS Craig MBChB MRCPsych; DCH.RCPS; FRANZCP, Canterbury
      Dr Andrea Crichton MBChB, General Practitioner, Wellington
      Dr Sonja Crone, BSC BHB MBChB FRACP(Paeds), Rotorua
      Dr Ruth Cunningham MBChB MPH FNZCPHM, University of Otago, Wellington
      Dr Elana Tai Curtis MPH MBChB NZCPHM, University of Auckland
      Lorna Davies RN, RM BSc(Hons) MA PGCEA, PhD Candidate; Principal Midwifery Lecturer, Department of Applied Sciences and Allied Health, School of Midwifery, Christchurch; Executive Board member, OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council, NZCOM
      Dr Anne Davis MBBS BSc(med) FRACP, Dermatologist,
      Ryan Davis, Medical Student, Hamilton
      Louise Dawson RN, Auckland
      Karen Day RN RM MA PhD FACHI, Senior Lecturer, Health Informatics, University of Auckland
      Dr Mary De Almeida MBCHB, Auckland
      Dr Danny de Lore MBChB FRACP, Paediatrician, Rotorua
      Dr José Derraik BSc MSc PhD MRSNZ, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland
      Gina Donk, Medical Student, Auckland
      A/Prof Matthew Doogue FRACP, Clinical Pharmacologist & Endocrinologist, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Canterbury
      Dr John Doran MBChB FRACP, Paediatrician, Taranaki
      Dr Tamsin Dovell BMedSci(UK) BMBS(UK) FRCA(UK) FANZCA, Consultant Anaesthetist, Christchurch
      Dr Niels Dugan BMedSc MBChB, Physician, Internal Medicine and Diabetes, Masterton
      Dr Tess Edmond MBChB DipPaed, Rotorua
      Dr Elizabeth Edwards PhD FRACP MBChB DCH, Paediatrician, Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, Auckland
      Dr Hinemoa Elder MBChB FRANZCP PhD, Professorial Fellow in Indigenous Mental Health Research and Director of Te Whare Mātai Aronui, Eru Pomare Post Doctoral Fellowship Health Research Council of New Zealand
      Prof Carl Elliott MD PhD, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota, ex-University of Otago
      Sharon Erdrich, RN, PGDipHsc (MHsc in progress), University of Auckland, Nursing Council of NZ, NZAMH, Nat Health Council of NZ.
      Mr Jeremy Evison MBChB FRACS
      Dr Rachel Eyre MBChB MPH FNZCPHM, Executive Board member OraTaiao: New Zealand Climate and Health Council
      Emma Farmer RN RM MHSc(Hons), Head of Division – Midwifery, New Zealand College of Midwives, Waitemata.
      Dr Janet Ferguson MBChB FRACP, Canterbury
      Dr Jeremy A Foate FANZCA, Anaesthetist, Canterbury.
      Dr Abigail Angelique Frank MBBCh, member of bpacNZ
      Trish Fraser MPH, Global Public Health, University of Auckland
      Dr Rosemary Frey PhD Sociology, University of Auckland
      Dr Peter Ganly PhD FRACP FRCPA, Haematologist, Christchurch
      Dr Kate Gardner MBChB FRACP, Medical Oncologist, Christchurch
      Dr John Garrett BMedSci MBChB FRACP, Paediatrician, Christchurch
      Dr Raewyn Gavin MBChB FRACP, Paediatrician, Auckland
      Dr S Gibbons MBChB MMed FRACP FRCPA, Haematologist, Canterbury
      Shawn Gielen-Relph, 5th year Medical Student, University of Otago, Wellington
      Katherine Given, 4th year Medical Student, Auckland
      Karan Govindpani, BSc Biomedical Science, University of Auckland
      Dr Fiona (Fi) Graham, Senior Lecturer Rehabilitation Teaching & Research Unit (Rtru), Department Of Medicine, University Of Otago, Wellington
      Dr Erik Grangaard FRACP, Consultant Paediatrician, member of NZ Paediatric Society, Rotorua
      Dr Ben Gray MBChB MBHL FRNZCGP, Otago University Wellington
      Angela Greetham PGDipNurs, AdDipUrology, Dip(HE), Coordinator, Moving, Handling & Restraint Minimisation, Tauranga
      Dr John Gregson MRCP(UK) MRCPsych FRANZCP, Hutt Valley
      Dr Corina Grey MBChB DipPaeds MPH FNZCPHM, University of Auckland
      Graham Gulbransen MBChB FRNZCGP FAChAM, Kingsland Family Health Centre
      A/Prof Simon Hales, BA MBBChir MPH PhD, Research Associate Professor, Epidemiologist, University of Otago Wellington
      Dr David Hammer MBChB MRCP FRCPA
      Prof Gil Hardy PhD FRSC, Honorary Professor of Pharmaceutical Nutrition, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland
      Katrina Harper MBChB FRNZCGP, Newtown Union Health Service
      Dr Wil Harrison MBChB MMedSci(Hons) FRACP, Cardiologist, Auckland
      Dr Daniel Hartwell MBChB BSc FANZCA, Specialist Anaesthetist, Senior Clinical Lecturer for the University of Otago, Canterbury
      Dr NM Hartwell MBChB Christchurch
      A/Prof Michael P Hay PhD, Associate Professor, Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland
      Marilyn Head, BA DipTchg MSc, Snr Policy Analyst, New Zealand Nurses Organisation
      John Hewitt DipHE PGDip RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist , Canterbury
      Dr Rachel Highton MBCHB FRNZCGP, General Practitioner, Wellington
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      • Tracey 8.2.1

        Is it only me who sees the deep irony of the very secret TPPA containing so-called transparency provisions which will seriously impact PHARMACS ability to source cost effective drugs?

        • Chooky

          no John Key and friends must think we are fools!…they are selling out New Zealanders

        • Potato

          I found this article by Brigitte Tenni, Senior Technical Advisor – HIV, The Nossal Institute for Global Health at University of Melbourne.
          Though a year old, it explains some of the demands the US wanted put into the Intellectual Property Rights Chapter of the agreement.
          Particularly interesting to me is the mention of new patents being issued if a new use is found for old drugs no longer in patent.


        • higherstandard

          Tracey… yes.

          The more I read on peoples concerns in this area the more I think people have little to no idea how funding of drugs and PHARMAC operate in NZ.

          This for me is the very least concerning part of the TPPA.

          • Tracey

            enlighten me higher standard and how the scenario referred to cant happen under the tppa.

            • higherstandard

              I’ll write something for you later on today covering some examples of what happens now within the NZ and how that is unlikely to change under any version of the TPPA. Just a bit busy at work this afternoon.

              • Tracey

                thanks hs. look forward to reading it.

                will it address things like this?

                “…. The 2012 special 301 watch report of the United States Trade Representative cites US industry concerns over “unfair reimbursement policies” in several countries, and particularly the operation of PHARMAC:

                “The industry continues to express concerns regarding, among other things, the lack of transparency, fairness, and predictability of the PHARMAC pricing and reimbursement regime, as well as the negative aspects of the overall climate for innovative medicines in New Zealand [13, p. 21]”. …”

              • Tracey

                How is it coming?

      • Chooky 8.2.2

        +100 thanks Tracey …that is a very impressive list of eminent New Zealanders

  9. Rodel 9

    New Scientist (November 2014) has interesting & relevant articles about the TTIP (Transatlantic) secret deal between USA and Europe.

    e.g. Veolia vs Egypt- “The utilities company is suing the government for raising the minimum wage of water treatment workers.”

    Vattenfall vs Germany -“The Swedish energy giant is suing for E3.7 billion over the closure of two nuclear plants after Germany decided to phase out nuclear power.”
    and more…

    • ghostwhowalksnz 9.1

      More on the Germany v Vattenfall dispute
      “Vatenfall plans to file a billion-euro lawsuit against the German government. The suit is to be filed by Christmas with the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington D.C.

      ICSID is just another front for the US controlled World Bank.

      • Tracey 9.1.1

        according to wikipedia

        “.The ICSID does not conduct arbitration or conciliation proceedings itself, but offers institutional and procedural support to conciliation commissions, tribunals, and other committees which conduct such matters.. .”””

    • Tracey 9.2

      the guardian is being very strident about this agreement and calls it

      a gunpowder plot against democracy.

      john key will spend 27m on a referendum for a flag change no one sought, but nothing on seeking a mandate for entering the tpp based on actual knowledge of the agreement.

      a few weeks ago key suggested young people buy apartments as their first home. is he suggesting they dont read the sale and purchase agreement before signing it too?

  10. Jenny 10

    It is interesting that these big business lobbyists what to begin their public campaign in support of the TPPA, after the agreement has been signed.

    Obviously they are of the opinion that they cannot risk having any sort of public debate about it beforehand.

    So what is the point of running a pro-TPPA campaign after the event?

    in effect these unelected business people will be using their money to pay for a propaganda campaign to further jam down this undemocratic imposition further down our throats.

    • Tracey 10.1

      one of the most important thing to consider is WHO sirs in judgment when someone sues under the tppa and that there is NO appeal option.

      this is the only thing that can even be regarded as a “safeguard” and a flimsy one at that.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 10.1.1

        So far as I’m aware, there is no detail of what form any dispute resolution will take, nor do we know whether the US proposal to allow investors to launch actions (as opposed to governments, as per the China FTA) is even real: it’s been assumed that’s what they want because that’s how it works in NAFTA.

        If I’ve missed something I’m all ears.

        • Tracey

          You might want to read this link and the leaked chapter


          This from jane kelsey in an answer to my question about how many of nz free trade agreements have contained investor protocols

          “… All of them except the investment protocol to the CER agreement with Australia and the P4 (NZ, Chile, Singapore and Brunei) have a version of investor-state enforcement. There is also a bilateral investment treaty with Hong Kong and an (arguably) superseded one with China.

          The TPPA is of greater concern because (a) the US is a party and they are second to the EU in the most frequent users of this process and (b) the scope of the obligations in the TPPA will be much broader than in previous FTAs…”

  11. paddy 11

    Anyone know what the chances are of getting a TPPA deal signed in all the countries? For the life of me I cannot see how the interests of each country can be satisfied. They are so disparate. New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, United States, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada

    I heard John Key say it has to be concluded by next August or it would be too close to the USA presidential elections in 2016. My pick is that it will never reach a conclusion.

    • Tracey 11.1

      some countries are apparently negotiating “exceptions”. NZ is not one of those countries.

      there seems to be an increased urgency in rhetoric, including from Key. i wonder how many business funded “fact” fests those nations are in store for.

      its also hard to know how us congress will react. it will haveto juggle its natural bias toward business with it fierce sovereignty. in the end a republican congress will know its govt is unlikely to be sued under the tppa. i base that on past lack of such action.

      you are not alone thinking it wont happen, but i dont think we sit back in anticipation of it stalling on its own.

  12. greywarshark 12

    Nicky has raised $60,000 towards his real costs. The costs of campaigning against the PR of big business would be incalculable.

    I don’t say that we couldn’t have any effect but they could find $millions and it wouldn’t come just from NZ. It is not in BigFin’s interest to have the rats and mice in various countries protesting about their reality and having a destabilising effect on BigFin’s advance to overt world domination and the wealth and resources mountain mega-bank.

    • Manuka AOR 13.1

      “there is a huge opportunity for other countries, especially smaller countries, to not enter into the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), but do their own thing and establish laws that are pro-innovation, pro-technology that protect the internet, that give operators safe harbors.”

  13. Potato 14

    I assume if this thing gets signed we would have preferential trading with the other nations involved but one question I’ve not heard asked is, how would this impact on our FTA with China ? By following the rules of one agreement could we then be breaking the rules in the other ?

  14. Kev 15

    Tim Grosser explained in an interview on TV1’s Q&A that the detail of a TPPA will be released for public debate. He also acknowledged the concerns of health professionals but was adamant that the government would act with the interests of New Zealand in mind. Until the detail is available for debate it would be speculative to forecast the impact of the TPPA on the Health sector.
    Secondly John Key was not overly responsive to his meet and greet with Mr Putin and said that a trade agreement with Russia is not a priority at present. This could be interpreted as dissatisfaction with the situation in Crimea and also as support for Tony Abbotts position concerning the Malayian plane shot down over the Ukraine.

    • Draco T Bastard 15.1

      Tim Grosser explained in an interview on TV1’s Q&A that the detail of a TPPA will be released for public debate.

      After it’s been signed and agreed upon in the backrooms. In other words, far too late for the populace to do anything about it. That’s not encouraging debate but shutting it down and is anti-democratic.

      Secondly John Key was not overly responsive to his meet and greet with Mr Putin and said that a trade agreement with Russia is not a priority at present. This could be interpreted as dissatisfaction with the situation in Crimea

      No, that can only be construed as the PM working in the US’s favour.

    • Tracey 15.2

      can you post how he defined
      best interests of nz…

      debate after contract is binding = whoopdy fuck.

    • Murray Rawshark 15.3

      He also acknowledged the concerns of health professionals but was adamant that the government would act with the interests of the wealthiest section of New Zealand, especially those who profit from corporate actions, in mind.


  15. Ad 16

    What particularly frustrates me about Labour’s response is their incapacity to really stand back and form their own strategic path. It’s utterly reactive.

    New Zealand needs an entirely different strategic direction for international trade. NZ’s exporting industries with strong growth potential wont find itin the UK, EU, US, or Japan, since they will not lower farmer subsidies any more in the foreseeable future.

    The markets with the highest potential for our major exports are South Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, India, the Gulf States, and Australia. All have strong and activist states. All are on the rise as the global influence of the US/UK kingdom relatively declines. Most of them are not militarily beholden to our old allies.

    We need diplomatic agreements to not just be about trade: they need to actively burn off the mainstays of the Anglo Free Market model, and actively engage with strong states needing protein, services and software for populations that are growing faster and richer. We should propose trade agreements that support activist states who are also in our interests because they want to buy our products.

  16. Draco T Bastard 17

    Defending Foreign Corporations’ Privileges Is Hard, Especially When Looking At The Facts

    In trying to justify trade agreement provisions that provide special rights and privileges to foreign firms to the disadvantage of their domestic competitors, Brinkley wrote 24 sentences with factual assertions. Seventeen of them were factually wrong.

    I’m pretty sure that we’ll see the same factually incorrect assertions coming from NZ Big Business to try and justify the TPPA.

  17. Gosman 18

    Don’t you want a proper debate on this topic or would you prefer that it was just all anti-TPPA information being pushed in the wider media?

    • mickysavage 18.1

      I am sure we would love to have a proper debate on the topic. This requires that we know what the TPPA will involve and the discussion needs to occur before it is passed.

      Do you agree?

      • Gosman 18.1.1

        You don’t know what the TPPA will contain exactly until they have finalised the negotiations. This is just like pretty m,uch every international agreement. However you can discuss bottom lines and pros and cons of some of the potential areas before this.

    • Draco T Bastard 18.2

      Minister Groser’s Big Debate on TPPA is meaningless unless it comes before an agreement is signed

      We can’t have a debate on the TPPA until we see the text. Of course, National don’t want to have an actual debate because then they’d never be able to put in to place the corporate welfare that the TPPA has incorporated into it.

    • Tracey 18.3

      dont you think honest debate is defined as happening before we are committed to the tppa and unable to back out?

      your wrong headed thinking is tiresome.

      any disputes determined by a tribunal of corporate lawyers with no right of appeal. most clients would laugh if their lawyer agreed to that on their behalf…

  18. Liberal Realist 19

    +1 MS.

    Anyone with two or more brain cells can see that the TPPA is just the latest play at American global economic homogeny. Using mechanisms such as the TPPA they don’t need to bomb or put boots on the ground. With compliant puppets like Key, Abbott et al, and an ‘infotained’ dumbed-down populace there’s no need.

    All part of PNAC (‘Project for a new American century’) drafted by the US neo-CONartists in the early 90’s.

    The yanks NEVER honour ‘trade deals’, even when it comes to ‘friendly partners’ such as Canada. One only has to look at NAFTA & GATT as prime examples.

    Can’t recall where I saw this or who coined the original phrase, but it’s worth repeating…

    “How do you know when a politician is lying? His/Her lips are moving.”

  19. A voter 20

    This TPPA IS THE FIRST WW 100yrs on we are under siege from the new world of corporate rulers who are making the world for us behind closed doors and not to resurrect a country music great but to make this country ache with the pain of a gutless govt that hasnt got the courage to say we can make our own individual agreements because we want to hold our right to sovereignty and we can survive with less if we have the courage to stand up against being ruled by acceptance of a system that will eventually destroy the world we now have which is already politically corrupt and will only get worse
    The purveyors of this is system if our PM is anything to go by are hell bent on expanding the corporate international cartel of capitalism by maintaining their system which is intent on making money the only reason to do what needs to be done in the world rather than it being a true gauge of value of the products in the economies of the participating countries that can be determined as being of value and not endless piles of junk to end up in landfills and not the consumption excuse for production that it is now instead of what is of need
    in other words an ungoverned free market system that will rule itself at the discretion of it now governors by having any one who objects having any power to change it
    The world will carry on overproducing killing the environment and when the worlds population and specifically NZ reaches the density of Beijing for instance the environment will be the product of it own overpopulation that will not have the resources to sustain it and the horse and cart will be lucky if it is of any value as well
    Maybe we we could change the TPPA TO TTFN

  20. RedBaronCV 21

    Okay is there any way of finding out which NZ corporates and others are going to donate to this rubbish . If they don’t want to discuss it then I suggest we get busy real fast boycotting their products and inviting consumers in other countries to do the same.
    I reached the kick em in the money bags stage – and as for those tobacco giants – we could grow tobacco here and send it to Aus until Phillip Morris’s sales are gone, then Aus can do what it likes.

  21. RedBaronCV 22

    BTW that Anzco bloke harrison looks like he’s a director of Sealord. Where are the iwi on this one.

  22. Chooky 23

    Why should New Zealand farmers go bankrupt and the rest of New Zealand be vulnerable to TPP corporate bankster takeover

    ….when we could be forging new Trade links with Russia…a huge market…and a future long term trading partner which could set New Zealand up to be a much wealthier country ……it is a no brainer!…we should be getting into this new market opportunity fast….like Latin America




    • Tracey 23.1

      Well, their warships are descending on bribane so some diplomats can have a chat.

    • sable 23.2

      That would require common sense and a block and tackle to get Keys nose out of Obama’s ass….

      • Chooky 23.2.1

        lol…NZ farmers and NZ farmer organisations should be forging trade links with Russia for dairy …and getting a high price

        ….and leaving John key with his nose behind

  23. sable 24

    Finally Labour have said something but as the article rightly points out why are they not doing more- “demanding” access to the negotiation documents and raising hell in parliament. This would force this issue into the open and yet all we get are polite statements about what should and should not happen. F**king pitiful….

    • Tracey 24.1

      They are not angry… Or passionate enough

      • Chooky 24.1.1

        they are brainwashed and duped…i hope not brain dead…they need to smarten up

        • Tracey

          They need to look at video of dayle takitimu from last weeks rally in auckland. She made sense, passionately. When leaders give a shit so do the people. That is the opposite of what this govt does

          ” comfortable with that”

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  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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    3 days ago
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    3 days ago
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    3 days ago
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    SciBlogsBy Helen Petousis Harris
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    3 days ago
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    SciBlogsBy Otago Marine Science
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  • Time for Grant Robertson to reveal package #2?
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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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    4 days ago
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • A test of civil society.
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  • Life in Lock Down: Day 2
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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  • How Do You Feel? What Do You Think?
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    7 days ago
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    7 days ago
  • A “new Society” post-COVID19 will definitely emerge. The question is: on what path?
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  • Raise the Bar: Everything you need to know about the wage subsidy
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  • The massacre of prisoners in Modelo jail, Bogota, March 21
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  • We are not America
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    Frankly SpeakingBy Frank Macskasy
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  • Aggressive action to address climate change could save the world $145 trillion
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
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  • Coronavirus – Cuba shows the way
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  • Using privacy law to prevent the death penalty
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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  • It’s Time For Disaster Socialism.
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  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #12, 2020
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  • Avoidable hospitalisations: Helping our health system get through COVID-19
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  • Raise the Bar: 10 questions to ask your employer proposing redundancy
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  • An equitable way to support business
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Together Alone
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    1 week ago
  • Why timing is everything: ‘A time to refrain from embracing’ starts today
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  • Dealing with the Covid-19 Tsunami.
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    1 week ago

  • Further measures to support businesses
    The Government will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and keep New Zealanders in jobs. The temporary changes include: Giving directors of companies facing significant liquidity problems because of COVID-19 a ‘safe harbour’ from insolvency ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Govt’s COVID plan, economic strength recognised
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    13 hours ago
  • Funding certainty for sports through COVID-19
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    20 hours ago
  • Butchers now allowed to process pork
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    1 day ago
  • Essential workers leave scheme established
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    1 day ago
  • Govt WhatsApp helps share COVID-19 information
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Managed departure plan for stranded foreign nationals enables safe, orderly exit
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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  • Government delivers COVID-19 support to GPs and Pharmacies
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  • Susan Thomas the new Chief High Court Judge
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  • Business Finance Guarantee – applications open
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  • Work starts on ways to fast-track consents to boost recovery from Covid-19 downturn
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  • Advance payments to support contractors
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