Interested in New Zealand's trade agenda? Want to know how trade agreements affect you? Join us at our upcoming events.

How to engage

We are keen to respond to New Zealanders' concerns and interests around trade agreements. You can contact us about any trade agreement at any time.

Email: FTA_Outreach@mfat.govt.nz

The following are currently under active negotiation:

European Union-New Zealand free trade agreement
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
New Zealand-Pacific Alliance free trade agreement
WTO e-commerce negotiations
Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) negotiations
AANZFTA upgrade

Current Consultations

Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) negotiations

The Minister for Trade and Export Growth recently announced negotiations towards a Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) with Singapore and Chile.  The negotiations aim to establish new trade rules and best practice for the digital era. 

Read more about the DEPA

Submissions are open until 5pm on 1 July 2019. Email us at e-commerce@mfat.govt.nz.

ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand free trade agreement (AANZFTA) Upgrade

Negotiations to upgrade the AANZFTA are now under way. We're seeking to modernise it, further reduce barriers impacting exports, and boost trade in the region.

Read more about the AANZFTA upgrade

Submissions are open until 31 July 2019. Email us at FTA_Outreach@mfat.govt.nz.

Public meetings

We also organise public meetings where New Zealanders can meet us in person and discuss our trade agreements. A large portion of each meeting is set aside for Q&A and views expressed are reported to Ministers for their consideration.

These meetings are advertised through email, our website, and facebook and twitter accounts. If you are interested in attending future events and would like to be added to the mailing list, let us know at FTA_Outreach@mfat.govt.nz.

Upcoming meetings

Join us for a discussion with New Zealand’s trade negotiators on the European Union – New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and other on-going negotiations. We will be adding more details in coming weeks.

June:

Blenheim: Tuesday 4th June, 9:00am – 11:00am

Scenic Hotel, 65 Alfred St, Blenheim

More details and register here (external link)

Rotorua: Tuesday 11th June, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Novotel Rotorua, Tutanekai St

More details and register here (external link)

Cromwell: Thursday 20th June, 12:30pm – 2:30pm

The Gate, 6 Barry Avenue

More details and register here (external link)

July:

Tauranga: Wednesday 24th July, 7:30am-9:30am

Smart Business Centre, 65 Chapel Street, Tauranga

More details and register here (external link)

Hamilton: Wednesday 25th July, 9:30am-11:30am

PwC Level 4 Cnr Angelsea & Ward Streets, Hamilton

More details and register here (external link)

August:

Gisborne: Thursday 8th August

Whangarei: Thursday 8th August, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

The Orchard Business & Event Hub, 35 Walton St

More details and register here (external link)

Auckland: Friday 9th August

Christchurch: Tuesday 13th August, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

57 Kilmore Street, Christchurch

More details and register here (external link)

New Plymouth: Thursday 22nd August

Wellington: TBC

Dunedin: Thursday 29th August

September events:

Invercargill:Tuesday 10th September

Napier: Wednesday 18th September

Previous meetings

Between September and November 2018, public meetings were held in the following locations to discuss the European Union-New Zealand free trade agreement and other current and upcoming trade negotiations: Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland, Hamilton, Nelson, Napier, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wellington, Invercargill, Rotorua and Whangarei.

Face-to-face consultation on Trade for All took place during August and September 2018. Fifteen public events, and 11 hui focused at a Māori audience, were held in the following locations: Wellington, Timaru, Invercargill, Whakatane, Rotorua, Gisborne, Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland, Hamilton, Nelson, Napier, Hastings, Whangarei, Tauranga, New Plymouth and Palmerston North.

During June and July 2018 outreach sessions were held in Hamilton, Auckland and Christchurch to discuss the Pacific Alliance negotiations and other FTAs in New Zealand's negotiating agenda.

Between December 2017 and May 2018, public meetings were held in the following locations to discuss the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and other current and upcoming trade negotiations: Dunedin, Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, New Plymouth, Nelson, Napier, Whangarei, Palmerston North, Invercargill, Timaru, Rotorua and Gisborne.

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