Photo: Kasey McDonnell

TEARAWAY MAVERICKS KASEY MCDONNELL, NIDHA KHAN AND MAY LIN TYE WERE AT THE TPPA PROTESTS IN AUCKLAND AND WELLINGTON OVER THE WEEKEND. THEY ASKED PROTESTERS WHY THEY ARE AGAINST THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP.

I feel like it’s, simply put, an attack on our national sovereignty. I think it will limit our ability in the future to make our own decisions for the country and that’s something we shouldn’t be giving up so lightly.

Taran

17, Student

Because I’m concerned the TPPA will take away New Zealand sovereignty.

Liam

16, Student

The main problem with the TPPA is that once it’s put into practice, it’s one step closer to corporate takeover. It will make it a lot harder to apply socialism in a lot of different government systems. It also means that corporations can now sue governments, meaning that corporations have that much more influence over government decisions.

Jeevan

14, Student

The march on Queen Street and Aotea Square, I went there, because I didn’t agree with what they were doing. And then they signed it and it’s a democratic country and I don’t think they should be able to do that to us.

Evelyn

13, Student

I think people should have more power over medicines and our laws and we shouldn’t be able to be sued for controlling our environment and our laws.

Drew

19, Kitchenhand

I don’t like how John Key’s doing everything without asking our opinion. We’re not getting much of a voice or anything.

Molly

20, Nanny

I just believe that the TPP grants corporations too much control in our economy and our politics. I think that it will take away some of our rights to privacy and extend U.S. corporate control, and that’s not a society I want to live in.

Callum

14, Student

Just because I think it’s not good for future generations, the youth of our time and those in the future, and I care about New Zealand and this isn’t the way for us.

Kim

17 - Student

I just think countries shouldn’t be led by corporations, they should be led by governments. I’m protesting against corporate greed and the overwhelming intoxication of power.

Jesse

17, Student

Just to support, I guess. I’m here to support and learn more about it.

Milly

18, Student

I just really disagree with it and I think that it’ll really change the future, and the future for our children and stuff. I just don’t want my children to live in a country that is run by, you know, large companies.

Hannah

18, Student

I’m probably more sceptical of it than anything else, so there are key platforms in it that would need to change before I would consider supporting it and I don’t really trust any incumbent government with the way it’s going at the moment. Medicines, ISDS, copyright provisions, and then the investor state dispute resolution thing – that’s a complete minefield. And so many things come under that –  health and safety regulations, labour-employment regulations, our ability to control foreign investment, our ability to help small businesses and things like that – our government’s ability to set up grants and funds and whatnot, that gets restricted as well.

Robert

19, Student

I don’t like everything, the build up to it coming out, I didn’t like how it was a real shady deal and no one knew anything about it, and I didn’t like how the government was a bit like “you don’t know about it, so don’t worry about it”. It just seems, like, really immature and kind of, I don’t know, a blatant deception of people. It just feels really disempowering to me. Even with the flag, just pretty blatantly covering everything up. I don’t know, it just doesn’t seem right. I don’t like the sound of corporations getting more power over our sovereignty, is probably a big concern I guess. I just don’t like the attitude that it’s brought about, and I don’t like that there’s no real benefit for normal New Zealanders. There’s no clear like “this is why we’re doing it, because it’ll make life better for everyone”, it’s like “oh, you know, we’re just doing this because it’ll bring more money into the country, into the hands of the already really rich people” – seems like the only real benefit. So I just don’t like that and this is a real accessible way of standing against it.

James

21, Youth Worker

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