Walking & Talking

Guest blog, Pauline Baillie, hikoi walker all the way.

A couple of months ago I was like many New Zealanders, I knew very little about TPPA and what it would mean for all of us in the future. I’d always been interested in fighting to save the environment – going on rallies, signing petitions, trying to use less plastic and so on but TPPA just seemed too difficult to understand. Luckily a member of the Christchurch TPPA Free group explained what the TPPA agreement would mean for our country and I joined them to walk all the way from Christchurch to Parliament in Wellington.

Along the way I’ve learnt that under TPPA dairy farming would become more intensive, stretching already stressed water supplies; our public assets can be sold into private hands and then can never be returned into public control; the organic sector will be compromised are released and more.

I would like other New Zealanders to become more informed about the TPPA.

Let the National Party know that we don’t want TPPA.

We all need to believe that we can change the way things are, I think for too long we have been a bit complacent and we trust that politicians will make the best decisions for us.

We have a right to protest and stand up for what we believe in.

If something is not right then we are all as individuals responsible for helping to change it.

We can’t keep looking the other way – each one of us needs to do whatever we can to stand by our values.

Don’t leave it to someone else!

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