Photo-Essay by Del Abcede/PMC/APR.

While trade ministers and representatives from the 12 countries included in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement gathered to sign the document at SkyCity Grand Hotel and convention centre, tens of thousands took to the streets in opposition to the TPPA.

It was one of the largest protests New Zealand has seen since the 1981 Springbok Rugby Tour.

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.