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.
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