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New Zealand

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

NZ consults on regional FTA
The New Zealand Government is consulting on a sixteen-nation free trade agreement between New Zealand, Australia, the ten ASEAN states, China, India, Korea and Japan (RCEP)
Free trade deal hinges on PM’s charm offensive
Vladimir Putin has serious form in the macho stakes: He’s tranquilised a Siberian tiger to save a TV crew, attached a tracking device to a polar bear, ridden horses bare-chested and was this week filmed at the sharp end of a motorised hang-glider (suitably frocked-up in a white jump suit and goggles) teaching young cranes to fly on a new migration path.
Russian FTA hangs in balance - Key
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says a free trade deal with Russia "hangs in the balance" after Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov expressed nervousness about the deal, especially the impact on agricultural exports.
Foreign lawsuits already a threat
As activists and the Government clash over the alleged inclusion of investor protections in the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, a legal expert says many foreign investors already have that right
Dairy access a hurdle in Russia trade deal talks
The Government says New Zealand’s robust dairy sector is the main sticking point in brokering a free-trade deal with Russia.
City state will remain testing ground for mainland reforms
The Hong Kong Government forged a Closer Economic Partnership agreement (CEPA) because it admired New Zealand’s free trade credentials.
Key needs to get tough over trade deal
Prime Minister John Key will be disappointed to leave Seoul without a firm commitment from Lee Myung-bak to finalise the bilateral free trade negotiations before the South Korean President leaves office this year.
Key plugs free-trade deal with Seoul
Time is running out for New Zealand to secure a quality free-trade agreement with Korea, Prime Minister John Key has admitted.
New Zealand eyes FTA with S. Korea this year
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key would like to see a free trade agreement (FTA) with South Korea agreed this year in order to bolster bilateral trade links, despite admitting Monday that some South Korean industries would resist a deal.
Free trade triumvirate next coup for NZ
After China and Hong Kong, New Zealand will now seek a free trade agreement with Taiwan


  • 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.