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New Zealand is a party to a number of completed free trade and investment agreements. These are: the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Agreement (1983); the New Zealand-Singapore Closer Economic Partnership (2001); the New Zealand-Thailand Closer Economic Partnership (2005); the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership or P4 (2005); the New Zealand-China Free Trade Agreement (2008), the Australia-ASEAN-New Zealand free trade agreement (2009), the New Zealand-Malaysia FTA (2009),an FTA with the GCC, (2009) and the New Zealand-Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership (2010).

A New Zealand-India deal has been mooted. New Zealand’s government has indicated that it wants FTAs with Korea and Taiwan

While talk of a US-New Zealand FTA was hotly resisted and never got off the ground, partly because of New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy, the expansion of what was initially called the P4 agreement to include the US (the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement) threatens to bring important changes to New Zealand policies.

New Zealand has also signed a number of IPPAs (bilateral investment treaties) with Chile, Argentina, Hong Kong, China and others.

last update: May 2012


Korean fishing company pledges cooperation
A Christchurch-based company which charters Korean fishing boats for New Zealand waters says it will cooperate with a ministerial inquiry into conditions aboard foreign fishing boats.
Key says child labour not part of FTA
India’s use of child labour is unacceptable but free trade agreement negotiations are not the forum to deal with it, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says.
Dairy unaffected by India deal
Waikato farmers will benefit from a potential free trade agreement with India but it will not have a direct impact on the dairy payout, according to a Waikato academic.
Trade deal with India likely to be tough ask
Trade Minister Tim Groser says it’s crucial that New Zealand develops a strong commercial relationship with India, which he describes as the world’s second emerging superpower.
’Big, tough issues’ yet to come in trade talks
New Zealand might settle for a free trade agreement (FTA) with India that is "slightly different" to the "completely comprehensive" deal with China.
John Key eyes free trade in India visit
The Prime Minister is scheduled to leave tomorrow for an official state visit to India. John Key will discuss trade and tourism with India’s political and business leaders.
EU NZ trade talks ’premature’
Talks on a free trade agreement between the European Union and New Zealand would be premature at this point, says EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht.
New Zealand launches Hong Kong trade agreement
New Zealand and Hong Kong launched a Closer Economic Partnership (CEP) Monday which New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said was part of a regional drive towards trade growth through liberalisation.
Fonterra welcomes trade negotiations with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan
Fonterra said today the announcement of full Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with Russia and its Customs Union partners, Belarus and Kazakhstan, had the potential to make the region an even more important partner for the New Zealand dairy industry.
New Zealand, Russia to start free trade talks
New Zealand and Russia have agreed to kick start talks on a free trade agreement that will be a first for the former Soviet republic.

    Links


  • New Zealand FTAs
    Government of NZ’ page on FTAs
  • Our World Is Not For Sale (New Zealand)
    The OUR WORLD IS NOT FOR SALE campaign was formed around building the protests at the September 2007 US-NZ Partnership Forum, the global justice campaign aims to build public support and organisation against the signing of any form of free trade agreement between the United States and New Zealand.