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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


Digital trade agreement signed with Chile and Singapore
New Zealand’s government has today signed a digital trade agreement with Chile and Singapore.
Trade deals are a handbrake on New Zealand’s post-Covid recovery
The ‘spend local’ mantra should apply to our biggest infrastructure projects too. Yet trade and investment agreements curb the government’s freedom to use procurement for a range of economic and social objectives.
New Zealand-Singapore upgraded economic agreement ratified
The upgraded Agreement between New Zealand and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership (ANZSCEP) has been ratified by the two nations and will enter into force on Jan 1, 2020.
Digital Economy Partnership Agreement (DEPA) negotiations
New Zealand will take part in negotiations with Chile and Singapore to establish new international rules and best practice for supporting and promoting trade in the digital era.
Foreign Minister Winston Peters will again travel to the US and is aiming to secure a trade deal
Foreign Minister Winston Peters is heading to the US to meet with senior Trump administration officials for the second time in just over six months.
Add ‘Trade for All’ to the list of government sell-outs
There are other governments, international institutions, and influencers who are genuinely rethinking the current rule-book and resisting moves to make it even worse.
Why NZ must get rid of ISDS now
Australia’s costs for tobacco case it won show why NZ must get rid of ISDS now.
Russel Norman – climate change and free trade
The panel on a sustainable world at the hui in October 2018 on What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy for New Zealand argued for major changes to address pressing environmental issues.
Trade strategy hui attracts 17,000 online viewers
The hui on What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy Should Look Like at Auckland University’s Fale Pasifika attracted a remarkable 16,831 pageviews over the two days of live-streaming.
Lessons for the Left from NAFTA Mark-II
The choice is not between the unilateralism of a populist autocrat, captive of the world’s most powerful corporations, on one hand, and the failed neoliberal model, polished in the TPPA on the other. A few clip-on statements on gender and small and medium enterprises is not a progressive alternative.

    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.