29 Mar 2016

Over 330 ask to have say on TPP

4:13 pm on 29 March 2016

The parliamentary committee considering the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will hit the road in the next couple of weeks to hear from the public.

A sign outside the first of the government's 16 nationwide roadshow events to explain the TPP agreement.

A sign outside the first of the government's 16 national seminars to explain the TPP agreement (file). Photo: RNZ / Shannon Haunui-Thompson

More than 330 people have asked to give their views on the controversial trade treaty to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Committee in person.

The committee will hold hearings in Christchurch on 31 March and 1 April, and in Auckland the following week, before returning to Wellington, where it has already heard some submissions.

Committee chair Mark Mitchell said there would be more than enough time for the hearings.

"I've made sure that we allow plenty of time, so that's going to allow us enough time to be able to hear everyone that wants to make an oral submission to the committee."

Mr Mitchell said those outside the three main centres would be heard by teleconference.

The committee is due to report back to Parliament in May.

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