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Parliament: Questions and Answers – May 10

Press Release – Hansard

Question No. 1Finance 1. Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH (National) to the Minister of Finance : Why will he borrow more money and increase taxes and levies? Hon GRANT ROBERTSON (Minister of Finance) : The acting Leader of the Opposition is wrong. Using the measure … Read more »

Trump’s Iran threat ‘pretty concerning’ for NZ exporters

Article – RNZ

New Zealand exporters which sent $120m of goods to Iran last year may be affected by US president Donald Trump’s threat to sanction countries who trade with the Middle Eastern nation. Read more »

Budget strengthens trade effort

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Our ability to negotiate the best trade deals in the interests of all New Zealanders will be strengthened by a significant funding boost for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker said. Read more »

Parliament should review international treaty powers

Press Release – It’s Our Future

The parliamentary select committee should call for a review of the governments treaty-making powers before rushing in to ratify the TPPA, says Oliver Hailes, spokesperson for Its Our Future, in anticipation of next weeks hearings on … Read more »

Pacific Economic Ministers cautioned on NZ’s PACER-Plus view

Press Release – Pacific Network on Globalisation

The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) has cautioned Pacific Economic Ministers about the comments by New Zealand Foreign Affairs Under Secretary, Fletcher Tabuteau in regards to the flexibilities for Pacific Island Countries (PICs) in the regional … Read more »

Post Cabinet Press Conference 24/04/2018 – Veterans Funding

Article – Joseph Cederwall

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern held a Post Cabinet press conference today on the announcement of Government funding for support of New Zealands returned service men and women with a particular focus on support for post-traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) . Read more »

Commonwealth trade deal ‘long way off’ – Minister

Article – RNZ

Any possible Commonwealth free trade deal is a long way off, Trade Minister David Parker says. Read more »

On why France could become our closest ally in Europe

Article – Gordon Campbell

As PM Jacinda Ardern returns from a triumphant tour to Britain and the capitals of Europe, her officials have probably begun to assess what the more substantive gains from the trip might have been. Most of the chatter has been about potential trade … Read more »

Excitement over Commonwealth-wide free trade agreement

Article – RNZ

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters is talking up the prospect of a free trade agreement between all 53 commonwealth nations after discussions in London over the weekend. Read more »

MFAT used Thompson + Clark for security at TPP protest

Article – RNZ

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade used controversial firm Thompson + Clark to provide security services for the 2016 Trans Pacific Partnership signing in Auckland. Read more »

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