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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
Photo: NZ Free Trade Watch / Facebook

NZ, Russia agree to begin free trade accord talks
New Zealand, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, agreed to begin work on a free trade accord with Russia, the world’s largest market for butter and cheese. Any such deal will include Belarus and Kazakstan, according to NZ trade minister Tim Groser.
Meat and Wool NZ want free trade deal with Korea
Meat & Wool New Zealand is anxious to see a free trade agreement with South Korea completed as soon as possible so that this country’s beef trade can compete on an equal footing there.
Trade deal with Hong Kong signed
New Zealand and Hong Kong will today sign a closer economic partnership(CEP) agreement, building on the free trade agreement with China.
Hong Kong free trade agreement to be signed
Trade Minister Tim Groser will sign a free trade agreement with Hong Kong when he visits there on Monday.
NZ must show benefits to Europe of free trade deal, says EU
If New Zealand wants a free trade agreement with the European Union it will first have to explain what is in it for Europe, a senior EU trade official says.
Monty Python & FTA Holy Grail
New Zealand journalist Gordon Campbell on why free trade with the US is more Monty Python than Holy Grail
India free trade deal could mean big things for NZ agriculture
"You’re talking about a billion people that we largely don’t export anything to now," Meat and Wool New Zealand chairman Mike Petersen said
NZ begins talks for free trade deal with India
India and New Zealand have begun negotiations for a free trade agreement which Trade Minister Tim Groser says will put New Zealand in a prime place to benefit from India’s economic growth.
Hopes pinned on Gulf trade deal
Closer trade ties with the Middle East will culminate this April with the signing of a free trade agreement. AMANDA MORRALL finds out why the exporter’s road to Mecca is pointing in that direction.
Protesters want boycott of Japanese products
Anti-whaling protesters have called for Kiwis to boycott Japanese goods over the slaughter of whales as the protest ship Ady Gil sank in the Southern Ocean.


  • 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.