War of Words in TPP Public Perception Battle

By Dylan Moran

Negotiators from 11 countries are meeting in Auckland this morning for the latest round of talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

There are hopes a deal to free up trade with countries like the United States, Canada, and Mexico could provide a significant boost to the New Zealand economy.

But there’s also a large amount of public unease – with a protest rally to be held when the next round of negotiations begin in Auckland this weekend.

That public wariness appears to be largely driven by a perceived secrecy around the negotiation process.

“Tim Groser and John Key are telling us ‘trust us’. Well sorry, the track record of US free-trade deals shows that they are done in the interests of US companies, not in the interests of other countries,” says TPP critic Jane Kelsey.

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