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

Upcoming events

New Zealand's Trade Negotiations including the EU-NZ FTA

What does a trade negotiation with the European Union mean for New Zealanders?

Come along to our free events for the opportunity to:

  • find out more about negotiations for a European Union – New Zealand free trade agreement       
  • discuss what this agreement will mean for New Zealanders
  • get an update on other trade agreements under negotiation or consideration
  • share your views, and
  • network with some of New Zealand’s lead negotiators.

An EU-NZ free trade agreement offers an opportunity to develop an agreement that delivers for exporters, but also our environment, better living conditions for New Zealanders, and sustainable and inclusive economic growth. MFAT negotiators are keen to hear your views on this too.

Don’t miss this opportunity to find out everything you want to know about our free trade agreements and put your questions directly to the people who negotiate them.





New Plymouth


  • Register here
  • Tuesday 16 October
  • 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Venue TBC
  • Hosted by Export NZ





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.


Public Submissions

Call for Public Submissions on the European Union - New Zealand FTA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) is inviting submissions on the newly launched EU-NZ FTA.

The closing date for submissions is 17 August 2018.


In 2015, EU and New Zealand leaders announced their intention to work towards a deep, comprehensive, and high quality free trade agreement. An initial scoping study was completed in 2017 and negotiations were launched in June 2018. The first round will take place in July 2018.

The EU and New Zealand are close partners who share core common values, common interests and a growing and mutually beneficial trade and economic relationship. Establishing a modern framework for stronger economic connections through an FTA will support the continued growth and development of this relationship.

New Zealand and the EU also share a vision of driving economic progress in a way that protects the environment, tackling issues such as climate change and contributing to better living conditions.

Further information about the negotiations can be found on the EU-NZ FTA website.

How you can make your submission

Submissions including the below can be emailed to

  • Full name
  • Name of organisation
  • Address
  • Email
  • Telephone

What you may wish to cover

In your submission you may wish to highlight:

  • Your experiences trading between the EU and New Zealand
  • Specific issues you would like to see addressed
  • Any other information about your interests or concerns regarding the agreement with the EU

Why your submission is important

It is important that negotiators know and understand the views of New Zealanders. Investors, exporters and importers of goods and services, non-government organisations and individuals are all invited to make submissions.

How your submissions will be used

The submissions will help shape New Zealand’s approach to the negotiations. We will follow up submissions with direct contact, if necessary. The public consultation process is an ongoing one and regular updates will be provided on the EU-NZ FTA website.

Submissions may be published unless otherwise requested.

Further questions?

Please direct any questions you have about the agreement or the submissions process to:

Previous meetings

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.

A large portion of each meeting was set aside for Q&A and views expressed have been reported to Ministers for their consideration.

Public meetings on New Zealand's trade negotiations were held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch between June and July 2017.

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