Government looks set to repeat TPPA mistakes with RCEP

The Government must learn from its mistakes with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), not repeat them with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade deal, the Green Party said today.

RCEP is a proposed trade agreement between 14 Asian countries, Australia, and New Zealand. Negotiations were held in Auckland this week. These included a public engagement session at which Trade Minister Todd McClay and officials heard questions and concerns from organisations and business stakeholders.

“Comments from the Government suggest New Zealand is pushing to include controversial investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses in RCEP, which would allow foreign corporations to sue our Government,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Kennedy Graham.

“When will the National Government learn that ISDS has gone out of fashion, so much so that the European Union now refuses to include ISDS in trade agreements?

“It was also worrying to hear MFAT officials dismiss concerns about the links between trade deals and climate change.

“Trade deals need to actively support countries to reduce climate pollution and meet their commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.

“The Government needs to commit to much more transparency around RCEP, because so-called engagement sessions that are light on detail and heavy on spin aren’t good enough. New Zealanders have a right to know what the Government is negotiating on their behalf,” said Dr Graham.

Latest Climate Change Announcements

Story

Green Party backs School Strike demands

The Green Party backs the demands of the School Strike for Climate.
Read More

Story

Big emitters will have to do more to cut emissions

The biggest polluters will have to do more to help meet climate targets because of changes the Government is making to decade-old settings that hav...
Read More

Story

Pricing must cut agriculture emissions

Cutting climate pollution must be the number one priority for Cabinet when considering how it intends to price agricultural emissions, the Green Pa...
Read More

Story

Agricultural emissions proposal falls short

The He Waka Eke Noa agricultural emissions pricing proposal leaves more questions than answers, the Green Party says.
Read More

Story

Budget 2022: James Shaw Budget Speech

Mr Speaker, It has taken four-and-a-half years to even start to turn the legacy of inaction and neglect from the last time they were in Government ...
Read More

Story

Budget 2022: Greens celebrate landmark investment in climate action

Landmark week for climate action concludes with climate budget Largest ever investment in climate action one of many Green Party wins throughout B...
Read More

Latest Trade Announcements

Story

Joint Statement: NZ and EU free trade agreement opportunity to support climate friendly and equitable future

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand and the European Greens have published a joint statement calling for the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement to supp...
Read More

Story

Transform arms export regime to strengthen human rights protections

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is calling on the Government to urgently introduce legislation to better regulate the export of military pr...
Read More

Story

Greens welcome US support for People’s Vaccine

The Green Party strongly supports today’s commitment by the United States joining the call to waive the morally indefensible pharmaceutical patents...
Read More

International trade

Fair and sustainable trade is critical to the wellbeing of Aotearoa. The Green Party supports trade that is fair, protects human and workers’ righ...
Read More

Story

Green Party continues to oppose CPTPP, puts amendments

The Green Party continue to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (CPTPP) Amendment Bill, which would allow for the ratification of the CP...
Read More

Story

Green Party statement on EU trade negotiations

The Green Party is welcoming the announcement of Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today on the major step forward in negotiations on a...
Read More