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Regional Fuel Tax Amendment Bill Submission

24th April 2018, Grower Support

Trade is the way to change the fortunes of Middle America

10th November 2016

History tells us that the path to power and prosperity is trade. You can’t grow your country’s wealth by trading with yourself; you have to go and get some other countries’ wealth to become more prosperous. This is absolutely true for New Zealand, where horticulture is an enormous contributor to our...

Trade deals open doors to wealth

25th November 2016

New Zealand’s wealth is driven by our exports, and anything the Government can do to improve our ability to export adds to our country's wealth. This week there have been two initiatives announced by the Government designed to do just that.

Overcoming barriers to trade

21st December 2016

Every two years a report is released setting out the barriers to horticultural exports out of New Zealand. In the latest report, released on 30 November, the following data is presented:

What comes after the Trans Pacific Partnership?

24th January 2017

United States President Donald Trump has formally withdrawn the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). So, what now?

Government’s new trade strategy helps horticulture

27th March 2017

Last Friday, the Government released its new trade strategy, Trade Agenda 2030.  This is a comprehensive and thoughtful strategy that will enable horticulture growth through its focus on:

Pacific Trade Deal

1st May 2017

Largely unnoticed last week was the announcement of the Pacific Trade Deal designed to cut down trade barriers covering goods and services as well as reduce tariffs, boost tourism, and raise living standards in the 12 Pacific Island Nations are part of the deal with Australia and New Zealand.

Horticulture shows 'spectacular' growth

30th November 2016

Horticulture has experienced a spectacular 40 percent growth in export earnings since 2014, according to a new report, with tariffs on exported produce down by 22 percent since 2012.

Getting support for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)

26th May 2017

An 11 nation TPP is looking like more of a possibility every day. The United States has said that it will not be party to the TPP, but other countries have indicated they want to press on with reaching an agreement.

UK election's impact on trade

12th June 2017

 

Trade is the life force of New Zealand

29th June 2017

The Minister and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade are currently holding public meetings around New Zealand, explaining our trade agenda through the Government’s recently released Trade Agenda 2030: securing our place in the world. This is a great initiative, designed to explain to New Zealanders the importance of trade, and...

The Future of Trade

21st July 2017

At the recent Horticulture Conference in Tauranga, Dr Roland Fumasi –vice president, senior analyst and manager for Rabobank’s RaboResearch’s Food and Agribusiness group – gave an insightful presentation into where New Zealand will be trading in the future. 

Trade transcends the election

28th August 2017

Growth in horticulture, and the entire primary sector, is dependent on good trade access to countries that can afford to pay for our premium food.  Reducing tariffs certainly assists with the flow of export earnings back to New Zealand, but the real issue is what is called non-tariff barriers. Whether or...

Free trade vital to New Zealand economy

20th October 2017

New Zealand is a trading nation. We rely on export earnings from free trade for our financial prosperity. But free trade is a two way street – the countries involved open up their borders to allow free movement of goods and services on an equal basis. This includes property ownership. 

Access to Japan big win for horticulture in CPTPP

9th March 2018

Access to Japan for New Zealand fruit is one of the big wins for horticulture from today’s signing of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific (CPTPP), says Mike Chapman, chief executive of Horticulture New Zealand, who is in Chile for the event.

CPTPP a real win for New Zealand

8th March 2018

Once you strip away all the figures, data, and modelling, there remains one essential fact: free trade deals generate incredible wealth for those who are party to them. In reality, free trade agreements have two main benefits besides tariff reductions.

New features in the CPTPP

12th March 2018

Today’s trade deals are broadening their focus, from just addressing tariff reductions to including issues that are challenging the world today, such as protecting the environment, encouraging the growth of small to medium businesses, and fair treatment of workers.

Maintaining trade rules essential

10th May 2018

New Zealand relies on trade for its economic survival. Without trade New Zealand would be a very different and a much poorer country. Successive New Zealand Governments have successfully worked to open up trading opportunities throughout the world and this continues today, with the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)...

The impact of rising wages

2nd July 2018

New Zealand’s economy is in good shape and growing. In the past, when the economy is growing, workers have gone after wage increases. The flow-on effect of this is that businesses put up their prices, inflation increases, the exchange rate increases making exports less profitable, and the Reserve Bank tightens...

Asian markets still open

18th September 2018

Guest Blog – Richard Palmer

Trade risks to New Zealand

7th December 2018

The growing tensions between the United States and China are casting an ominous shadow over world trade. The risks are now becoming the subject of frequent commentary in mainstream media, with reports telling of the jostling for position between these two world powers.