Across the Ditch: TPPA Signing + Trams Auckland Rail Link + Aussie’s NZ Cricket Tour

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Across the Ditch: Australia radio FiveAA.com.au’s Peter Godfrey and EveningReport.nz’s Selwyn Manning deliver this week’s Across the Ditch.

This week Peter and Selwyn discuss:

TPPA Signing on Feb 4: New Zealand Government will host the Trans Pacific Partnership nations in Auckland on February 4 for the signing of the TPP Agreement. This despite New Zealand getting little out of it (It failed to negotiate a satisfactory milk powder export deal, and failed in that the people and corporates of TPPA nations will be able to buy up NZ land, buildings and homes beneath a $200 million cap. Consequently, the majority of Kiwis do not want the deal to go ahead).

Auckland Public Transport: Trams and an announcement Wednesday (today) that the Government will fund in part the Auckland CBD city rail link – which is a bit of a breakthrough after a few years of stalemate.

Australia Cricket Tour of NZ: And Australia is about to kick off its Cricket tour of New Zealand with its first one day international match against New Zealand’s Blackcaps at Auckland’s Eden Park on February 3.

Across the Ditch was broadcast Live on FiveAA.com.au on January 28 2016 and webcast on EveningReport.nz, LiveNews.co.nz and ForeignAffairs.co.nz.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues.
Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia’s FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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