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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...

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...

HortNZ submission on Submission on the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill

14th February 2019, Grower Support

The horticulture sector is committed to responding to the challenges posed by climate change and contributing to the global effort under the Paris Agreement to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, whilst maintaining food production.

The horticulture sector is committed to responding to the challenges posed by climate change and contributing to the global effort under the Paris Agreement to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, whilst maintaining food production.

Government Reform Proposals Survey Results

14th February 2019, Grower Support

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.

Tax and the impending death of small business

22nd February 2019

The saying goes: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. The Tax Working Group report has been made public and it appears to be true: more taxes and the impending death of New Zealand’s small businesses.

How much capital is enough?

3rd May 2019

The Reserve Bank is currently consulting on a proposal to get New Zealand banks to hold more funds. This would reduce the risk of banks failing so that, in the event of a ‘run on the bank’, there would be enough funds keep the bank operating.

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.