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

Upcoming events

Trade for All: Towards a European Union - New Zealand FTA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the European Union, in conjunction with AUT, is hosting this meeting to discuss the implications of a free trade agreement with the European Union.

The event will include presentations from Hon David Parker, Minister for Trade and Export Growth, and Ms Cecilia Malmström, European Union Commissioner for Trade.

There will be an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and discuss their interest in New Zealand’s agreement with the European Union.

All members of the public including students, interest groups and businesses are welcome to attend this session.

Auckland

Pacific Alliance FTA

New Zealand is currently negotiating a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru). After four rounds of negotiations to date, these events will be a chance to hear about progress so far and next steps in the negotiations.

They will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions and share your views and priorities with negotiators first hand.

If you would like to seek a private meeting with the Chief Negotiator in addition to these sessions to discuss your priorities in more detail, please contact PacificAllianceFTA@mfat.govt.nz.

Hamilton

  • Register here (external link)
  • Monday 25 June
  • 4pm - 5:30pm
  • Co-hosted with the Latin America New Zealand Business Council and Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence, and ExportNZ

Auckland

  • Register here (external link)
  • Tuesday 26 June
  • 12pm - 1:30pm
  • Co-hosted with the Latin America New Zealand Business Council and Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence, and ExportNZ

A Conversation on Trade

Join MFAT negotiators to talk about New Zealand's current and prospective trade negotiations, including:

  • A European Union-New Zealand FTA;
  • New Zealand's Trade Policy Dialogue with the United Kingdom;
  • The Pacific Alliance FTA;
  • Other notable agreements like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Following the presentations there will be an opportunity to ask questions, and share your views and priorities with negotiators first-hand.

Christchurch

  • Register here (external link)
  • Monday 2 July
  • 7:30am - 10am
  • Co-hosted with the Latin America New Zealand Business Council and Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence, and ExportNZ

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.

Dunedin

Christchurch

Hamilton

Tauranga

Wellington

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

Invercargill

Rotorua

Timaru

Whangarei

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.

Contact FTA_Outreach@mfat.govt.nz

Public Submissions

Call for Public Submissions on the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) is inviting submissions on the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC).

The closing date for submissions is 29 June 2018.

Information on how to make a submission is provided at the end of the paper.

Background

The Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC) is a high quality, comprehensive trade agreement that liberalises and facilitates trade in goods, services and investment between the New Zealand and Chinese Taipei. ANZTEC delivers preferential tariff access that gives New Zealand exporters a key competitive advantage in an important market of around 23 million people. It also includes innovative provisions on film and television, indigenous cooperation and air links that will expand existing creative, cultural and people-to-people links.

ANZTEC has already created significant commercial benefits for New Zealand and Chinese Taipei following entry-into-force on 1 December 2013. The text of the Agreement and a summary of its benefits are available at: https://www.nzcio.com/en/anztec/anztec-agreement/ (external link)

The Agreement provides for a general review within two years of entry into force and every three years thereafter (Article 5, Chapter 22 (Institutional Provisions)). The Review will consider the implementation, operation and impact of the Agreement since its entry into force and explore ways to remove any existing impediments to increase trade, maximise benefits, and ensure that the Agreement is a modern, living document that responds to changing business needs.

How you can make your submission

Submissions including the below should be emailed to TND@mfat.govt.nz 

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

What you may wish to cover in your submission

In your submission, you may wish to highlight:

  • Your experiences trading under the Agreement;
  • Specific issues you would like to see addressed; and
  • Any further information you can provide that would assist a review of the performance of the Agreement.

Why your submission is important

It is important that the reviewers know and understand the views and interests 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 feedback for the joint report. Reviewers 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 New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office (NZCIO) website. (external link)

Submissions may be published unless otherwise requested.

Further questions?

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

Trade Negotiations Division

TND@mfat.govt.nz

 

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.

Background

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 EU-FTA@mfat.govt.nz

  • 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:

EU-FTA@mfat.govt.nz

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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