Bugger me with a wire brush: TPP doesn’t breach Treaty – Waitangi Tribunal

Well lookee here, that’s another TPPA myth busted:

The Waitangi Tribunal have ruled the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has not breached Treaty obligations.

However, the report raised a number of concerns, such as misjudging Maori interests and a lack of transparency on Maori advice.

New Zealand is one of 12 countries party to the free trade deal, which the Government claims will benefit the country by $2.7 billion a year by 2030.

The Treaty of Waitangi clause in the agreement should “provide a reasonable degree of protection to Maori interests”, the Tribunal said.   

Claimants before the Tribunal had concerns the Treaty clause would not protect their rights, and the TPPA gave too much power to foreign investors. The Tribunal heard claims for four days in March.

Fears that investors could sue the Government were not “overstated”, the Tribunal said, and should be subject to further public scrutiny and debate.

The Tribunal also looked at the Crown’s consultation before the TPPA text was completed. It was critical of the process, but made no findings

The report outlined concerns about advice to the Government on Maori interests, for example it was unclear what role Te Puni Kokiri had during negotiation and policy.

A point was made that the TPPA would not end with ratification but would require ongoing compliance with New Zealand laws and policies.

Prime Minister John Key said the report supported the Government’s view that Maori rights were protected: “I think Maori should now embrace TPP.”

That won’t stop the whinging mind. Some people just have to whinge.



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