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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

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.
Key sets Japan straight on free trade rationale
If agriculture was off the Trans-Pacific Partnership table as far as Japan was concerned, then New Zealand did not want to see Japan around the TPP negotiating table. "It’s as simple as that."
China-Norway FTA on track
Forward momentum on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between China and Norway appears to be on track, despite the recent spat over awarding of the Nobel Prize.
NZ and Russia talk FTA
New Zealand and Russia have had basic initial talks about a possible free trade agreement (FTA), Prime Minister John Key says.
NZ TV host’s ’India-racism-slur’ could affect FTA between two nations: Kiwi diplomat
Raga D’silva, deputy chairman of the India New Zealand Business Council, has warned that the TVNZ presenter Paul Henry’s ’racist’ comments against New Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit could have a negative impact on negotiations for a free trade agreement between both the countries.
Key talks trade with South Korea
Trade will be top of the agenda when Prime Minister John Key meets with President Lee Myung-bak and Prime Minister Chung Un-chan in Korea later today.
Businesses urged to capitalise on free trade deals
New Zealand should be looking to become the food bowl of Asia and use free trade agreements to do it, according to financial services firm KPMG.


  • 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.