Author: Edward Miller

Budget 2016: Maximising FTA implementation

Press Release – New Zealand Government The 2016 Budget invests an additional $4.6 million over four years into FTA (Free Trade Agreement) implementation.Hon Todd McClay Minister of Trade 1 June 2016 Media Statement Budget 2016: Maximising FTA implementation The 2016 Budget invests an additional $4.6 million over four years into FTA (Free Trade Agreement) implementation. Trade Minister Todd McClay says this new investment will support New Zealand businesses in extracting full value from New Zealand’s network of FTA Agreements. “New Zealand currently has FTAs with economies that account for more than half our trade. This will increase to 70 per cent once the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) enters into force. “New Zealand has scored high quality FTAs, but the benefits come from Kiwi businesses taking advantage of them. Ensuring businesses have the information and tools for this to happen requires ongoing, co-ordinated cross government FTA implementation work. “This new investment will support the development of new tools to help business understand and use FTAs. Our tariff finder, for example, has made it a lot easier for SMEs to identify the FTA that gives them the best competitive edge in their export markets. This new money will also help us get improved commitments in FTAs when these come up for review, such as in services, investment, and addressing non-tariff barriers that exporters face. “This is particularly important as new FTAs...

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Gordon Campbell on tobacco politics, and the TPP death watch

Column – Gordon Campbell Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmmthere do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning , … Gordon Campbell on tobacco politicking, and the TPP death watch Has Act leader David Seymour got the easiest job in the world, or what? Roll out of bed, turn on the radio and hmm…there do seem to be a lot of problems out there in the world. Must think of something. And so it came to pass that this morning, David Seymour took up his sword and shield to fight for a world that’s about to be denied the rich and vibrant beauty of tobacco advertising. Avast ye hordes of faceless bureaucrats aiming to put tobacco products in plain packets! David Seymour is in the House! Plain packaging may save lives, but does it have to be such a dull way of saving lives? Is there no other hero prepared to fight for Philip Morris, and for the God-given right of Benson and Hedges to peddle their deadly wares in luscious golden packaging? Do we want to live in a world without Marlboro Man billboards? There is a principle at stake here. And...

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Nikkei Conference: NZ’s Response to the Trade Challenge

Speech – New Zealand Government Nikkei Conference: New Zealands Response to the Trade Challenge Mr Chairman, thank you for your introduction and for the opportunity to be here today as the Government representative for New Zealand. Like everyone in this room, New Zealand has a stake …Hon Paul Goldsmith Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs 30 May 2016 Speech Nikkei Conference: New Zealand’s Response to the Trade Challenge Mr Chairman, thank you for your introduction and for the opportunity to be here today as the Government representative for New Zealand. Like everyone in this room, New Zealand has a stake in the future of Asia. In the past half-century, we have transitioned successfully from being an exporter of farm products dependent on European markets, to being a more diverse economy increasingly integrated into the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. This transition would not have been possible without the growth and development of Asia over that period – in other words without the Asian miracle. Today, seven of our top ten markets are in Asia; we host over three-quarters of a million Asian visitors every year; and almost one in eight New Zealanders can claim Asia as a place of birth or ancestry. So the future of Asia is our future too. Japan was our first major economic partner in Asia and that relationship remains strong and important to this day. Today’s...

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Free Press

Press Release – ACT New Zealand Does Government Waste Taxpayers Money? In the lead-up to the Budget, David Seymour asked Bill English why his government gives taxpayer money to fund Jane Kelseys research, programs such as X-Factor season two, and the Ultimate Waterman Stand Up …Free Press ACT’s regular bulletin Does Government Waste Taxpayers’ Money? In the lead-up to the Budget, David Seymour asked Bill English why his government gives taxpayer money to fund Jane Kelsey’s research, programs such as X-Factor season two, and the Ultimate Waterman Stand Up Paddle Boarding contest. David’s Sunday Star Times column lists more government waste. It is easy to find once you start looking. Jacinda Jumps the Shark The normally sanguine Jacinda Ardern has gone off the reservation in her reply to David this week (printed in the paper but not online). Among other things she says she doesn’t care if she’s misrepresented ACT. Most politicians at least keep up the pretence of being honest. What’s up Jacinda? Partnership Schools are Go The Budget contained an announcement that seven more Partnership Schools will be funded, with at least seven to open in 2018 and 2019, in addition to those set to open in 2017. The policy has serious positive momentum. Partnership Schools are changing kids’ lives for the better. E Tipu E Rea Sir Apirana Ngata understood the value of education and his...

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Peters: Farmers Must Reject Being National’s Doormat

Speech – New Zealand First Party Twenty-eight years ago, the late David Lange said: “Farming is a sunset industry and manufacturing and tourism will take its place.”Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 27 MAY 2016 Waikato Federated Farmers, Airport Conference Centre Tamahere, Hamilton 5pm, 27th May, 2016 “Farmers Must Reject Being National’s Doormat” Twenty-eight years ago, the late David Lange said: “Farming is a sunset industry and manufacturing and tourism will take its place.” Yesterday’s Budget resembled nothing so much as a Hollywood film set. Some had star roles and the rest were supporting actors, bit players or crowd scene fill-ins. The budget was totally Auckland-centric with the regions virtually forgotten despite being the economic powerhouses of this country. The Cabinet rank of the Minister for Primary Industries tells you a lot about the modern National Party. The Minister responsible for over 70% of our physical exports is one of Cabinet’s tail-end Charlies. Out of 20 Cabinet Ministers he is ranked 15th. That again came through in the Budget? If Mr Guy did plead for extra dollars for biosecurity, or for agricultural research, he got exactly what his cabinet rank suggests. That’s because whether you believe it or not farmers are looking like an endangered species within National’s urban dominated Cabinet. Nine of Mr Key’s Cabinet come from Auckland with a further...

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