Great national day of action on TPPA - what's next?

Bulletin #47 6 April 2014
GREAT National Day of Action on 29 March!

thousands took action in 16 parts of the country
local democracy came alive
massive media coverage (see below)
huge education outreach
over 20,000 website hits in a week
political parties, unions, major organisations came out against the TPPA !

You can check out some videos here, here, here, here, here and videos and photos here.

We've also been sent heaps of photos - some are here, here, here, here, here, and here. There are many more, and we would like to archive these on our website. We will keep you updated about this!


  1. Strengthen and expand the networks so thousands more people are ready to take to the streets at short notice.

Lots of people have asked when the next march is! It’s great to have that energy around the campaign. But instead of setting a date for the sake of it, we really need people to be ready to mobilise with very little notice.

Keep your placards, banners and props.
Strengthen your facebook, email and person-to-person networks.
Talk to your workmates, families, classmates and neighbours
Get your organisations aware and active
Leaflet or set up tables at local events
Arrange to speak to local groups like Grey Power
Write to the local papers
Picket outside government or corporate meetings
Work on local branches of the Labour Party to get the Party off the fence.

We can help you with many of these actions - if you want some guidance get in touch with Ed on

When might something happen?

The current state of play suggests there could be a ministerial meeting in late May where they could try to make the big decisions. That will depend on Obama’s visit to Japan on 23-25 April and whether they can bridge the gap that is holding up the process.

If they reach a deal, the dominoes will begin to fall very rapidly. There will be very little advance notice. If not, the next action may not be until the trade ministers meet for the G-20 in Sydney on 19 July.

  1. Join in the local government campaign

On 2 April Horowhenua joined the list of councils with resolutions:

Auckland City
Nelson City
Tasman Bay
Palmerston North
Horizons Regional Council

Who can advise you on how to do this?

Greg Rzesniowiecki from Nelson ( and Sue Pugmire from Palmerston North ( are great contacts to help organise your local campaign.

Greg has prepared a brilliant toolkit to help people raise the issue with local and regional councils.

  1. Blitz the Media

The media coverage was just great, especially in the regional media. Debate followed on for several more days, including talkback, blogs and letters to the editor.

We need to maintain the visibility through really basic actions, like:

letters to the editor of the main papers
letters to  local papers
ringing talkback
online comments on stories
comments on blogs, especially kiwiblog and whaleoil


One News:

3 News:

Newstalk ZB:

Radio NZ:

Dunedin TV, 28 March 2014

95bFM’s The Wire, 31 March,215184,


Sunday Star-Times, 30.3.2014, page 2.

Herald on Sunday – 30.3.2014, newsbrief on page 3.

Whanganui Chronicle, front page lead and photo, 31 March

Northern Advocate, page 5 lead and photo, 31 March

Taranaki Daily News, page 2 lead and photo, 31 March

Otago Daily Times, article and photo, 31 March

Bay of Plenty Times page 5 lead and photo, 31 March

Manawatu Standard, page 3 story and photo, 31 March

Nelson Mail, page 2 lead story and two photos, 31 March

Hawkes Bay Today, page 8 newsbrief and photo, 31 March (not online)

Southland Times, page 8 article and photo, 31 March (not online)

And prior to the march:

Manawatu Standard – 28 March, page 4.

Bay of Plenty Times – 29 March, page 3

Hawkes Bay Today – 28 March, page 3

Whanganui Chronicle – 29 March, newsbrief page 5, not online

Whanganui Chronicle – 24 March

Waikato Times – newsbrief, page 3 - 29.3.2014
Trade deal protest
Growing public concern about the affect the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement will have on local democracy and decision making has prompted Hamilton campaigners to organise an event today calling on the government to stop the secret negotiations. The event will be held in Garden Place, with live music and speakers, including community campaigners and members of Parliament, is part of a national day of action against the TPPA. It will kick off at 1pm.


NZ Newswire, 29 March

Fairfax, 29 March and prior to the march:

DomPost online, 29 March

Sun Live Tauranga, 29 March and

APNZ/ Herald Online

Bay of Plenty Times online


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