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
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It is easy to mock aspects of Australia’s recently completed agreements. But the problem for New Zealand’s trade negotiators is that these pragmatic deals have the potential to cause trade disruption for our own agricultural producers, writes Fran O’Sullivan.
The New Zealand government is striking a brick wall in getting concessions on dairy from the US and Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, and will have an equal or greater battle in its plans for a free trade agreement with the European Union, said Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland.
New Zealand and the European Union are to pursue a free trade pact – but don’t expect any action until at least 2015.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says a free-trade agreement with Russia could be delayed because of the escalating situation between the superpower and Ukraine.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has sought French President Francois Hollande’s backing for a New Zealand-EU free trade agreement, but admitted that such a deal is a long way off, according to reports.
New Zealand’s High Commissioner has called for a free trade agreement between his country and the European Union so there can be increased trade in meat.
Smart political footwork by Prime Minister John Key has put the South Korean free-trade agreement back on the agenda.
New Zealand is more likely than not to secure a much-coveted free trade deal with South Korea and it could be signed within a year, Prime Minister John Key says.
New Zealand will today become the first OECD nation to strike a free trade deal with Taiwan, promising to remove tens of millions of dollars in annual trade tariffs faced by exporters.
Tens of millions of dollars of duties on New Zealand’s exports to Taiwan will be eliminated over the next four years, after the island nation signed its first trade deal with an OECD nation.
Government of NZ’ page on FTAs
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.