TPPA protester tags Minister Nikki Kaye's Auckland office

An unknown person made an attempt at protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Nikki Kaye's office.
Tom Carnegie

An unknown person made an attempt at protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on Nikki Kaye's office.

As the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) signing looms, one protester has tagged their thoughts on National MP Nikki Kaye's office. 

Her office in Freeman's Bay has the words "NO TPP yes I voted" tagged in black spray paint across the front. 

"Obviously it's disappointing. I really strongly support people's rights to protest peacefully so it's just sad that someone broke the law and destroyed someone's property as well," Kaye said. 

She was in her office at the time the unknown person sprayed their thoughts on the wall, which was unusual she said.

She said she couldn't comment on whether or not this could be the start of protests around the country because she didn't know. 

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The prominent ink would have to be cleaned up over the weekend, and painted over. The cost of that was also disappointing, she said. 

The matter had been reported to police who were investigating the serious offence.

The 12-nation free trade agreement would be signed on February 4 in Auckland. The Government had issued invitations to TPPA ministers from the 12 countries to attend the ceremonial signing in Auckland, marking the end of the negotiating process

Professor Jane Kelsey from Auckland University, a leading TPPA critic, is taking part in a series of public meetings leading up to the signing, with a protest planned in Auckland on the day itself.

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