TPP released

Tim Groser announced:

Minister of Trade Tim Groser has announced that, on behalf of the twelve members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (), New Zealand has released the text of the results of negotiations in its capacity as Depositary of the Agreement.

The text is currently available on the international treaty depository section of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website, at

That’s very helpful timing for Labour, just before their conference, as it means they can’t keep using the “We can’t take a position on it, as have not read it” line.

In related news the Government announced:

The Government has awarded New Zealand researchers $53.5 million in new Marsden Fund grants, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announced today. 

The 92 successful proposals will be funded over three years and include a diverse range of topics from exploring causal factors between earthquakes and volcanic eruption, to therapies for motor neuron disease and a research programme that will investigate the implications of prodrugs for many types of illness.

The full list of awards is here. One of them is:

Transcending embedded neoliberalism in international economic regulation: options and strategies

Professor Jane Kelsey is being paid $600,000 for this work! The Government is paying her $600,000 to campaign against its own trade agreements!

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