The signing of the TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) is a scary reality for most kiwis. It threatens our sovereignty, it threatens our health, and here at Watchdog we are especially worried about it’s threat to environmental protections.
The TPPA threatens our mahi by including rights for foreign investors to sue our government for creating policy or making decisions that impacts their profits or potential future profits. This is called Investor – State Dispute Settlements and as absurd as it sounds, it is already happening around the world.
In fact Oceana Gold – the company that has just brought an overwhelming amount of mining activity permits on the Coromandel – is currently suing El Salvador under a similar “trade” agreement, for not allowing a mine that threatens the country’s last drinkable water source for US$301 million.
This week is a national week of action against the TPPA across Aotearoa and we urge you to get involved.
Jane Kelsey, Law Professor at Auckland University, has also written a book called ‘Hidden Agendas: What we need to know about the TPPA” which you can download here.
We’ll be having a quick solidarity action before our Anti-Mining Community Meeting in Colville this Saturday at 2pm and encourage you to organise something in your community if there isn’t anything organised yet.