Treaty of Waitangi
As in all of New Zealand’s recent free trade agreements, our agreement with the GCC will contain a Treaty of Waitangi clause that protects the New Zealand government’s ability to adopt any policy it considers necessary to fulfil its obligations to Māori. This is non-negotiable.
Māori exporters and businesses
The Government’s progressive and inclusive Trade for All agenda set out that trade agreements need to promote and protect Māori interests. In the negotiations with the GCC we will be seeking outcomes that will increase opportunities and reduce barriers for Māori businesses in the region.
Engagement with Māori
We will continue to engage with Te Tiriti/Treaty partners as this re-engagement negotiation process progresses to ensure that Māori interests are promoted and protected.