Tags : Trade

Face to face meeting delivers significant progress on NZ-UK FTA

New Zealand and the UK have committed to accelerating their free trade agreement negotiations with the aim of reaching an agreement in principle this August, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor announced. “We’ve held constructive and productive discussions towards the conclusion of a high-quality and comprehensive FTA that will support sustainable and inclusive trade, and help drive New Zealand’s economic recovery […]readmore

Backing the trades to support the rebuild

The Government is extending the Apprenticeship Boost initiative by four months to further support trades and trades training, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. The announcement was made during a visit to Fair and Square Building Services Ltd in Lower Hutt, Wellington and forms part of a suite of measures to be announced next week to help […]readmore

$5.5 million funding boost for Māori Trades and Training

Whānau and communities in Tairāwhiti-East Coast, Northland-Tai Tokerau and the Bay of Plenty are set to benefit from a funding boost for Māori Trades and Training, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “The Government is continuing to support Māori into work and training by investing $5.5m to help up to 150 Māori train […]readmore

Honey exporters busy meeting surging demand

Overseas consumers eager for natural products in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped boost honey export revenue by 20 percent to $425 million in the year to June 30, 2020, Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor says. “The results from the latest Ministry for Primary Industries’ 2020 Apiculture Monitoring Report highlight the potential for honey and other natural […]readmore

New Zealand welcomes news of UK request to join CPTPP

Trade and Export Growth Minister, Damien O’Connor, today welcomed the United Kingdom’s intention to submit a formal request to accede to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). “The challenges facing the global trade and economic environment have been compounded by COVID-19.  In this context, New Zealand sees the CPTPP objective of maintaining and growing […]readmore

New Zealand and China sign FTA Upgrade

Trade Ministers for New Zealand and China today signed an upgrade to the free trade agreement between the two countries.   “This modernises our free trade agreement and ensures it will remain fit for purpose for another decade,” Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor said. “This upgraded agreement comes at a time of considerable global […]readmore

New Zealand’s First Trade and Development Agreement Enters into Force

The Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth, Phil Twyford, welcomed the entry into force today of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus). “PACER Plus will be instrumental in supporting Pacific economies to rebuild from the devastating impacts of COVID-19,” Phil Twyford said.  “The Agreement provides opportunities for goods and […]readmore

Pacific trade and development agreement a reality

Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents a deepening of New Zealand’s […]readmore

Hundreds more regional apprenticeships

Up to 350 more people in regional New Zealand will gain a pathway to trades training through a $14 million government investment in apprenticeships, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. The apprenticeships are part of the $40 million Regional Apprenticeship Initiative (RAI) announced in June. The funding comes from the Provincial Growth Fund and […]readmore

New Zealand and Indonesia build ties in uncertain world

Foreign Minister Winston Peters and his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, discussed navigating an uncertain world during the countries’ Joint Ministerial Commission today. “New Zealand is reinforcing its international partnerships as we seek to recover from COVID-19 and our engagement with regional leaders like Indonesia is more important than ever,” Mr Peters said. “Indonesia is an […]readmore