Across the Ditch: TPP Signing + Protests Today + Waitangi Day + NZ Beat Aust in Cricket

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In this edition of Across the Ditch, Peter Godfrey of Australia’s radio FiveAA and Selwyn Manning of EveningReport.nz discuss: The New Zealand Government will host the representatives of twelve Trans Pacific Partnership nations today for the signing of the TPP agreement at Auckland’s Skycity.

Police have been training with riot gear and protests are organised where people will march up Queen Street in Auckland’s CBD and another shadowy group is committed to direct action.

Waitangi Day: Also discussed, New Zealand Aotearoa will commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi back in 1840. Controversy this year has framed the event over whether the Prime Minister John Key will be welcome at Waitangi with Maori and many other groups angry that the Government failed to consult over the TPP negotiations.

Cricket Chappell-Hadlee ODI: Also, New Zealand’s Blackcaps Cricket team beat World Champions Australia by 159 runs in the first of the three Chappell-Hadlee one day international games at Auckland’s Eden Park.Now all the attention has shifted to the second match scheduled for Saturday at Wellington’s Westpac Trust Stadium.

Across the Ditch broadcasts live on Australia’s radio FiveAA.com.au and webcasts 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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