The government has announced a ‘refresh’ of its trade policy. However, it looks more like a sticking plaster on the current failed policy when invasive surgery is required. Agreements like the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) become deeply concerning to many New Zealanders as they increasingly intrude into areas of sovereign decision-making. The rights of government to regulate in the public interest are being overridden. A majority of New Zealanders appose the TPPA.I
It is time for a fundamental re-think of trade policy, not a refresh. This Open Letter from It’s Our Future calls on the Trade Minister to engage in a real review.