Equity vice-president speaks against new government deal
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and New Zealand Culture
Wellington, 7 March 2015, at the anti-TPPA rally
by Todd Rippon, Vice President, Equity New Zealand
Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou, Tena Koutou Katoa. Ko Ngati Kahungunu taku iwi. Ko Todd Rippon ahau.
Thank you for this opportunity to speak to you today on behalf of Equity New Zealand. Today I'm going to give you a performer’s perspective on the current negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Performers lives are directly affected by trade policy. In recent years, the film and television industry has been impacted more profoundly by locked in de-regulation than any other sector of New Zealand's economy. Performers livelihoods depend on the screen industry more than any other medium. Many performers live close to the poverty line and simply don’t earn enough to live by performance alone. This makes each film and television opportunity of vital importance.