Previously on our voyage, our our speakers used the analogy of New Zealand as the Titanic to share how they viewed the state of the New Zealand economy; headed towards disaster, but with the distinct advantage of time and knowledge to prepare for impact or avoid the economic and social icebergs altogether.
They shared their wisdom built up through years of collecting data, distilling information and acquiring knowledge with the audiences of hundreds at the Q Theatre in Auckland and Downstage in Wellington, suggesting changes that could take place to steer the course of the ship through the path of least resistance.
On the 3rd of March 2013 we are bringing the seminar to Christchurch. Our previous speakers, Rick Boven, Bernard Hickey, John Walley and Selwyn Pellett will be joined by Bronwyn Hayward, Senior Lecturer at University of Canterbury. They will evolve the message from one grounded in illustrating the extent of the damage to one grounded in presenting ideas and solutions for better, fairer and more opportune future for this country.
Join us at the Court Theatre on Sunday March the 3rd. Doors open at 1.00pm for a 1.30pm sharp start. The wonderful Michele A'Court is going to push the boat out and set us off on our voyage and media commentator David Slack will steer the ship. You are invited to join the speakers afterward for refreshments and discussion.
Book your free ticket here.
On December 3rd Lori Wallach and Jane Kelsey delivered presentations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to a large audience in Auckland. They identified TPPA as one the biggest political issues facing New Zealand, Jane focusing on the NZ implications of the agreement and Lori on the implications of US participation.
While many specific concerns were raised, the overall picture was one of what amounts to structural and even fundamental constitutional reform being imposed on NZ without any democratic input. Clearly, the agreement affects far more than trade, potentially constraining the social and economic policy options of future NZ governments. Although exit provisions may exist, associated costs mean they are unlikely to ever be triggered. Above all, the nature and extent of these issues has been difficult for observers to assess because of the secrecy and lack of democratic accountability inherent to the negotiating process. Seemingly, only those with the most to gain have been officially privy to the details.
We have had a number of inquiries asking whether the seminar was recorded and available. Sorry, no. However, you can find much of the material referred to at:
You can download fact sheets on the TPPA's impact on medicines, environment, finance, GM, investment and tobacco & alcohol. There also Youtube videos of the these speakers on the same topic available here for Jane and here for Lori.