May 25, 2018
Trade for all in EU approach
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Government is keen to get the views of Maori on the proposed freed trade deal with the European Union.
The EU has agreed to launch formal negotiations with New Zealand and Australia on post-Brexit arrangements, with talks starting in Brussels in July.
Tension over negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership and the subsequent Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership led to a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal that is still proceeding.
Ms Ardern says she is keen there is something for Maori exporters in a market when New Zealand already does $15 billion of trade.
"It’s huge so one of the things we want to pursue is what we have been calling a trade for all agenda so we will be quite focused on how we can get a boost for Maori and small business owners, a wider range of exporters than we have in the past so this will be a good challenge for us," she says.
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