We support fair trade that’s good for economic prosperity, people, and the planet.
Trade agreements must respect democracy and state sovereignty
- The text of trade agreements should be made public before signing and Parliament should vote on whether to sign agreements.
- Trade agreements must allow te Tiriti o Waitangi to be upheld.
- Aotearoa New Zealand should oppose trade agreements that encourage deregulation and privatisation of public services.
Trade should encourage environmental sustainability
- International environmental agreements should take precedence over trade agreements.
- We should work with like-minded countries to develop standards and labels that show the environmental impact of goods, and restrict those that do not meet the standards.
- Hazardous wastes should not be traded unless for safe recycling or reprocessing.
- Tariffs, quotas, and import bans on unsustainable wood products should discourage deforestation.
- The Biosecurity Act should ensure biosecurity risks from international trade are minimised.
Trade can support fair and sustainable global development
- We should pursue fair and sustainable trading relationships with developing countries.
- The importation of goods made by forced labour, slavery, and child labour should be prohibited and discouraged through tariffs, quotas, and import bans.
- All countries’ rights to develop and enforce national food security policies should be upheld.
Foreign investment should benefit Aotearoa New Zealand
- Only New Zealand citizens and permanent residents should be able to buy land.
- International businesses with significant local operations should pay fair tax and meet the same corporate responsibility and sustainability standards as local businesses.
- Foreign investment controls should be tightened to encourage productive investment and discourage speculative investment or simply buying up New Zealand assets to export profits.
Government should support New Zealand businesses
- Exporters should be encouraged and supported to sustainably add value to exports, to maximise the economic return from exporting goods made in New Zealand.
- The Government should support local industries to reduce our dependence on imports.
- New Zealanders should be encouraged to buy locally made products and food.