Letters Rogatory can now be sent by hapū to the embassies of all prospective TPPA countries, notifying them that the Crown does not have due authority to sign for New Zealand.
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> Update 26 July 2015 at 1150pm: first letter sent that we know of is HERE <
For the attention of: all Claimants in the Waitangi Tribunal Claims numbers WAI 1040, 2522, 2533, 2530, 2531, 2532, 2533, and 1427; Ngā Rangatira o Ngā Hapū katoa o Aotearoa / Nu Tireni; and any New Zealander concerned that the TPPA may impact negatively upon themselves or the country.
The Crown is as little as four days from ceding New Zealand’s sovereignty to a tribunal for foreign investors, notably international bankers(1), enabling these investors to call in the material resources of the nation(2) upon the default of any unrepayable paper or electronic debts (unrepayable due to the practice of usury(3)). New Zealand is a small economy within the proposed TPPA zone, and is essentially looking at the same fate as Greece – that is, being stripped of its assets by exploitative bankers.
The Claimants and Hapū around the country above need to communicate as soon as possible with the other nations taking part in the TPPA negotiations using Letters Rogatory (interstate requests for assistance) and inform them:-
a) that the New Zealand Government is conducting negotiations of national importance without consulting its equitable partners Ngā Rangatira o Ngā Hapū katoa o Aotearoa / Nu Tireni who collectively hold tino rangatiranga or effective right of veto in matters of state, and that this fact renders the TPPA negotiations null and void on New Zealand’s part because the Crown does not have the due authority to conduct such negotiations without the agreement of the Rangatira, which has not been given
b) that the Crown is in breach of its Treaty obligations by virtue of its actions above, and is acting unconstitutionally and unlawfully in terms of international law
c) that the Claimants and Hapū in New Zealand have been exhausting their legal remedies via the Waitangi Tribunal, but that the Crown has been attempting to deny remedy by claiming authority to act unilaterally and imminently, which authority it demonstrably does not have as shown by the Waitangi Tribunal Claims numbers WAI 2522, 2533, 2530, 2531, 2532, 2533, and 1427 and also by the November 2014 findings of the Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry into the WAI 1040 Claims athttp://www.justice.govt.nz/tribunals/waitangi-tribunal/Reports/he-whakaputanga-me-te-tiriti-the-declaration-and-the-treaty-the-report-on-stage-1-of-the-te-paparahi-o-te-raki-inquiry
d) that the Hapū / Claimants are now exercising their right of veto to declare the negotiations void with respect New Zealand’s involvement in the formation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, and that this situation of veto will remain until they are fully informed of, and explicitly agree to the terms of the Partnership (which have hitherto been kept secret).
– The Claimants and Hapū further need to request and require that the other States do not sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement with the New Zealand Government or its representatives, as in doing so those States would be assisting in a process that undermines the Constitution of New Zealand.
– In the event where a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement has already been signed with New Zealand, the Claimants and Hapū need to inform the other TPPA signatoriesas soon as possible that the Agreement is null and void on the grounds above and must be rescinded on New Zealand’s part; and further that their assertions that the Government did not have the right to act unilaterally in signing were a matter of public record via the Waitangi Tribunal and should have been considered by other parties to the TPPA in their due diligence checks of their prospective partners. It would however be courteous to inform them by whatever means before they do sign, and would also prevent the Crown from claiming a fait accompli (which seems to be its sole strategy).
– Finally it should be noted by Claimants that Letters Rogatory are inter-jurisdictional communications that usually require a seal, either that of the Hapū / Maori authority concerned or possibly that of a Notary Public in the Common Law jurisdiction of New Zealand. The seal of a lawyer of an NZ court would seem to put such letters under the jurisdiction of the NZ Crown, and therefore defeat the tino rangatiratanga that is being exercised. Letters Rogatory should also be in plain English for ease of understanding, with clear translations of any Maori terms used (such as tino rangatiratanga).
A full list of contacts for service follows at bottom. Copies of Letters Rogatory should be sent recorded delivery directly to the State Department / Foreign Offices concerned, and ideally copied to the Ambassadors / High Commissioners of the various states concerned (a list of these are at bottom).