SPITTING IN THE FACE OF DEMOCRACY: Council boycott shuts down TPPA petitioners

A boycott by four councillors yesterday blocked a bid by opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to get the Wanganui District Council to support their cause.

Three councillors - Helen Craig, Philippa Baker-Hogan and Rob Vinsen - stayed out of the council chamber and were joined by councillor Ray Stevens, who left the meeting as soon as supporters began their presentation.

The TPPA group filled the chamber gallery to present their petition wanting the council to support a 12-point resolution asking the Government to ensure its involvement in the free trade agreement provided positive benefits for the Wanganui community.
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