October 12, 2015
Henare cold on TPPA gains
Labour’s Peeni Henare is not impressed at what National has signed New Zealand up for in the Trans Pacific Partnership.
The Tamaki Makaurau MP is one of eight Labour MPs who right wing commentator Matthew Hooton claimed would be ready to vote with the Government for the deal if National puts it before parliament.
That’s been dismissed as nonsense by Labour deputy leader Annette King, and Mr Henare told Radio Waatea he sees little upside for this country in the 12-country trade pact.
He says New Zealand’s negotiators failed to improve conditions for dairy exports in any significant way, and caved in a critical areas of concern to Maori people and to Labour – the government’s ability to regulate land sales to foreigners.
"It restricts any future government, I don't care what colour they are, in lawmaking. That essentially affects our sovereignty. There's a whole heap of work to be done unbundling the TPP and understanding just what it means and I hope this Government will come out and be a bit more honest about the negotiation," Mr Henare says.
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