The Herald reports:
Some Maori business leaders say there are risks with the Trans Pacific Partnership, but people should look at it again to see the benefits it offers for the Maori economy. …
The Maori economy has been estimated at $40 billion and Auckland lawyer Paul Majurey, chair of the Hauraki Collective, said Pare Hauraki’s fishing and aquaculture assets would benefit and the trust was supportive of the deal.
It already exported to China and Japan and the TPP would open access to Japan where fish products faced stiff tariffs.
The agreement would also allow Maori to form partnerships with investors from those countries, as happened under the China FTA.
He said there were risks and it was natural Maori would be concerned about sovereignty and the erosion of Treaty of Waitangi rights.
“There are issues and question marks with any international agreement that involves our sovereignty.”
He said the TPP protected the Treaty and reserved the right to protect rights to traditional knowledge and plants, according to the Wai 262 finding. …
Traci Houpapa, the chair of the Federation of Maori Authorities (Foma), said the TPP had obvious benefits for Maori exporters and businesses and that would flow through to communities.
She said New Zealand could not miss the chance to sit with global heavyweights such as the US and Japan, and hoped consultation on the agreement over coming months would provide Maori with assurances about the Treaty partnership.
“People are wanting assurances that partnership is in place and isn’t impacted by the TPP.”
She was comfortable that other trade agreements had upheld the Treaty.
“And our expectation is this Government will do the same,” she said.
She said New Zealand was the only country with protections for indigenous rights in the trade agreement.
Yep as I previously blogged, NZ is the only country that got indigenous rights protected in TPP, and the wording in TPP is near identical to the China FTA that Labour signed.