New Zealand is refreshing its Trade Policy Strategy and we would like to hear your views on how it should be shaped.

Our existing Trade Policy Strategy is more than 20 years old.  It has delivered significant benefits for New Zealand and New Zealanders, but the way business is done today and the global environment that we operate in have changed. This means that we need to adapt to continue getting the best deal from international trade.

It is important that all New Zealanders can see the stake they have in the benefits of trade for this country. For this reason, as part of the process for the refresh of New Zealand’s Trade Policy Strategy, we held public meetings in the main centres, open to all New Zealanders.  These meetings provided an opportunity to hear from the Minister of Trade and officials on the thinking behind intended shifts in New Zealand’s approach to international trade and for us to hear your views. 

The government is considering four broad shifts over time, as follows:

1. The balance between negotiating new agreements and making the most of those that we have. 

2. While continuing to seek opportunities to address remaining high tariffs and tariffs on more processed products, to increase our focus over time on the non-tariff barriers to our goods exports. 

3. To increase over time the focus we put on services, investment and digital trade in our trade policy.

4. Over time to put more effort into appropriately assisting New Zealand businesses to compete successfully in markets against foreign firms.

Throughout all of this, the World Trade Organisation will remain important for New Zealand. 

Footage of three public meetings about the refresh is available on our YouTube channel (external link), so that New Zealanders who were not able to attend in person can watch the meeting. 

Wellington public meeting

Watch the live stream from September 5, 2016 below.


Auckland public meeting

Watch the live stream from September 6, 2016, below.


Christchurch public meeting

Watch the live stream from 20 September, 2016, on MFAT's YouTube channel here (external link).