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“Trade for All” in the EU NZ FTA Offers No New Direction

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey

As negotiations begin on the first free trade agreement that this Government has not inherited from National, Trade Minister David Parker will count his blessings that he can share the stage with the seemingly benign European Union, says University … Read more »

Parliament: Questions and Answers – June 21

Press Release – Hansard

1. Hon PAULA BENNETT (Deputy LeaderNational) to the Prime Minister : Does he have confidence in all his Ministers? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Acting Prime Minister) : Yes. Hon Paula Bennett : How can he have confidence in the Minister in charge of … Read more »

EU and New Zealand launch trade negotiations

Press Release – Delegation of the European Commission to NZ

Today, in the New Zealand capital of Wellington, EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrm and New Zealand’s Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker officially launched negotiations today for a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement. Read more »

EU-Australia trade talks quietly dump ISDS

Press Release – AFTINET

We welcome the fact that the EU mandate for the EU Australia FTA talks, which are being launched in Canberra today, has dumped the controversial rights for foreign investors to sue governments in international tribunals, known as ISDS, because European … Read more »

Party’s New Leader From Northland

Press Release – Chris Leitch

At the party conference in Christchurch this weekend, delegates elected well known Whangarei political activist Chris Leitch the new Leader. Read more »

Q+A: Simon Bridges interviewed by Corin Dann

Press Release – TVNZ

Tricky trade-offs and balances on climate change says Simon Bridges. Nationals leader says the party is committed to tackling climate change but it says there are some scientific questions that needed to be answered about carbon dioxide versus … Read more »

Will Malaysia pull out of the CPTPP?

Press Release – NZPTV

News via AFTINET reports that Malaysias new Prime Minister Dr Mahathir made a brief but stunning statement in a media conference in Japan, saying that he will review the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership … Read more »

Economist warns Free Trade Agreements can be “job killers”

Press Release – NZPTV

In an interview recorded for an upcoming documentary by award-winning filmmaker Bryan Bruce, Nobel Prize Winning economist Professor Joseph Stiglitz says, New Zealand should have taken much more time over getting into the Comprehensive And Progressive … Read more »

Colombia seeks to join CPTPP Pacific Rim trade pact

Article – BusinessDesk

June 8 (BusinessDesk) – Colombia is the latest country to seek admission to the trans-Pacific trade pact, the CPTPP, which US President Donald Trump tried to kill off. Read more »

Select committee rubber-stamps the TPPA

Press Release – It’s Our Future

The select committee has delivered a six-page disappointment that fails to do justice to the issues raised in hundreds of public submissions, which were overwhelmingly opposed to ratification of the resurrected TPPA, says Oliver Hailes, spokesperson … Read more »

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