What do the boys Ray and Simon have against “common sense Kiwi self-confidence”?

The Editor, The Cook Strait News, Wellington

10 March, 2015

Dear Editor:

Eastern Ward counsellor Sarah Free recently introduced a motion in Council insisting the Government direct its negotiators on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement to reject any provisions which would lesson our ability to get the best fair prices on medications (Pharmac) and a provision allowing global corporations to sue the government (taxpayers!) for potential lost profits stemming from health legislation (e.g anti-smoking) and environmental protection legislation, and other threats.

Congratulations to Ms Free.  The motion is just common sense Kiwi self-confidence and had already been passed by nine other local councils throughout the country as part of a nationwide campaign.  It did pass, just, with Mayor Wade-Brown casting the deciding vote.  But two Eastern Ward councillors, Ray Ahipene-Mercer and Simon Marsh voted against it!  This has got to become more of an issue in the Eastern Ward.


Richard Keller

published 23/03/2015


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