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on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 09:29

National’s last minute pitch to get the Trans Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP-11) agreement across the line just days before the general election should not bind the new incoming government, the Green Party said today.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT) negotiators begin meeting in Japan today to negotiate the final package for the TPP, now called the TPP-11 since the US pulled out. This is the deal that will be presented for final agreement by Ministers in November.

on Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 14:50

National’s last minute ditch to get the Trans Pacific Partnership 11 agreement across the line just a day before the general election smacks of desperation, the Green Party said today.

The comments come on the back of news that MFAT negotiators will meet in Japan to negotiate the final package of elements for the TPP, now called the TPP-11 since the US pulled out. This is the deal that will be presented for final agreement by Ministers in November.

on Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:38

The Green Party today announced a plan for honest food labelling to ensure ‘free range’ means what it says, and consumers can easily see where their food comes from.

In government, the Green Party will develop mandatory consumer information standards for ‘free range’ and country of origin labelling under the Fair Trading Act. Country of origin labelling will apply to single ingredient foods like fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, grains, and oils.

on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 10:13

Any new version of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) without the United States (US) must be brought back to Parliament for scrutiny and examination, whether Bill English thinks it’s necessary or not, the Green Party said today.

The Prime Minister has been reported saying a revised TPPA would “not necessarily” need to go back to Parliament, while leaked Crown Law advice says it would.

on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 10:02

Signing up to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) with Japan but without the United States (US) will incur large costs but without many of the supposed benefits, the Green Party said today.

Prime Minister Bill English is on his way to Japan, where he will meet with other TPPA countries in an attempt to resurrect the trade deal.

on Friday, April 21, 2017 - 10:44

New Zealand appears to have pushed for a trade deal that could undermine Pacific Island countries’ ability to support their local economies and restrict their right to regulate in their own interests, the Green Party said today.

“New Zealand and Australia are being accused of pushing a trade deal to advance their own commercial interests at the expense of Pacific Islands’ national interests,” Green Party trade spokesperson Barry Coates said.

There has been growing evidence that New Zealand’s ‘light’ regulation has allowed the inflow of a flood of dirty money, especially into real estate. It is likely that the proceeds of crime have been a factor in ramping up house prices. Last week the government belatedly introduced a Bill on Money Laundering, covering real estate, lawyers, accountants and the NZ Racing Board. This comes 8 years after their initial Bill that required information on large transactions by banks, casinos and financial intermediaries.

The government’s legislation to respond to the scandal over foreign trusts, as revealed in the Panama papers, was agreed yesterday. This is, as we have come to expect, too little and too late.

on Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 10:33

New Zealand should be working on positive new ways of creating international trade agreements, instead of participating in talks to try to resuscitate the dead-and-buried Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), the Green Party said today.

Representatives from all the TPPA countries except the US have been meeting this week in Chile to discuss their next move.

 

​Tēnā koe, Mr Assistant Speaker. I am pleased to rise to speak on this crucially important bill, the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill, in its second reading. I have also been pleased to participate in some of the discussions on the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, and I add my thanks to the former chair of the committee and committee members.