Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker has attempted to win over critics of the revived Trans Pacific Partnership free trade deal at a public meeting, arguing the Government has kept its promise on five “bottom lines”.
1. Jacinda on her first 100 days
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has made a blatant bid for more money in this year’s Budget - and it seems likely his prayers will be answered.
A decision that Government ministers will no longer represent New Zealand at embassies’ national days has been portrayed as a slight to our international partners by National.
Political scientist Bryce Edwards argues New Zealand needs to have a careful debate now about China's use of soft power to influence our political system, rather than ignore it and face a nasty one later.
Reports of a recent rise in the risk of “boat people” coming to New Zealand following the Government’s stance on the treatment of Manus Island refugees are not backed up by any new intelligence, a senior MFAT official says.
The Government’s plans to introduce a royalty on bottled water exports has hit a major stumbling block, with New Zealand’s chief trade negotiator for the TPP suggesting such a move would violate existing free trade deals.
Two of the bright young stars of world politics have met, with Jacinda Ardern inviting her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau to New Zealand and suggesting the two countries have much to learn from each other.
The new Labour-led Government's first decision was to announce plans to amend the Overseas Investment Act (OIA) to classify residential housing as "sensitive", which will effectively ban non-resident foreigners from buying existing homes without breaching major trade agreements.
Protectionist sentiment within Europe’s agriculture sector should not stand in the way of a free trade deal between the European Union and New Zealand, a senior European official says.