Tag: Fisheries

Fish and seafood trade could double under TPP

Press Release – New Zealand Government The benefits to New Zealands fishing and seafood industry will be very significant once all tariffs are eliminated under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).Hon Todd McClay Minister of Trade 1 April 2016 Media Statement Fish and seafood trade could double under TPP The benefits to New Zealand’s fishing and seafood industry will be very significant once all tariffs are eliminated under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Trade Minister Todd McClay told a Nelson Chamber of Commerce audience that the region, the home of Australasia’s largest fishing port, that he believes the agreement will enable the industry to double its exports to one billion dollars. “Last year, we exported $581 million in fish and seafood into TPP countries. Once all duties are eliminated the savings will be $9 million every year,” says Mr McClay. While most of our fish into the United States and Canada is already duty free, other markets among TPP countries are not. “Japan is particularly significant. We curre ntly export $179 million into that market and all of the product attracts tariffs. When TPP enters into force, 58 per cent of those duties will disappear, 95 per cent will be eliminated within five years and 99 per cent in 11 years. “Mexico is also worthy of note. New Zealand mussels currently attract a 20 per cent tariff into that country. That tariff...

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Challenge on Fishing Boat Still Stands

Press Release – New Zealand First Party Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 12 FEBRUARY 2016 Challenge on Fishing Boat Still Stands Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters is advising the Prime Minister that his challenge over his claim on spending …Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 12 FEBRUARY 2016 Challenge on Fishing Boat Still Stands Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters is advising the Prime Minister that his challenge over his claim on spending all his time on his boat in Northland fishing, since becoming MP there, being totally untrue, still stands. “Mr Key has now gone further and said: ‘There’s plenty of pictures of Winston on boats out there, just maybe not his boat’. Well that statement is totally untrue as well,” the New Zealand First Leader said. “Mr Key should come clean and ‘quit while he is behind’,” Mr Peters said. On Wednesday Mr Peters challenged Mr Key to find a witness showing he has been out fishing on his boat since the Northland by-election, however Mr Key has refused. “As I said previously, he should apologise, pay $100,000 to a Northland charity of my choosing, and stop wasting Parliament’s Question Time with such blatant untruths. “How can you believe the Prime Minister on questions on the TPPA when he can’t be...

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Stalled TPP chance for wider discussion

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party Failure to get the TPP agreement across the line gives New Zealanders an opportunity to put more pressure on the Government not to sign away our sovereignty, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.ANDREW LITTLE Opposition Leader 1 August 2015 MEDIA STATEMENT Stalled TPP chance for wider discussion Failure to get the TPP agreement across the line gives New Zealanders an opportunity to put more pressure on the Government not to sign away our sovereignty, Opposition leader Andrew Little says. “New Zealand land, dairy and medicines are up for grabs in these negotiations. There has to be some meaningful gains for us in this. “If we can’t restrict land or house sales to non-residential foreign buyers, or we end up paying more for life-saving drugs then we are selling ourselves down the river. “There has to be some bottom lines. New Zealand must be able to do what is in its own best interests. “There’s no doubt there’s been some tough talking from all sides, but it’s now up to the Government to stand its ground and ensure it gets the best deal for Kiwis. “It’s also time it came clean on what it has signed up to and allowed New Zealanders to become part of the next round of discussions,” says Andrew Little. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Groser disappointed TPP deal not reached

Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Tim Groser is disappointed that the TPP negotiations were unable to reach a conclusion today, but TPP ministers collectively pledged to meet again as soon as possible to finalise the deal.Hon Tim Groser Minister of Trade 1 August 2015 Media Statement Groser disappointed TPP deal not reached Trade Minister Tim Groser is disappointed that the TPP negotiations were unable to reach a conclusion today, but TPP ministers collectively pledged to meet again as soon as possible to finalise the deal. “Good progress was made this week, but a number of challenging issues remain, including intellectual property and market access for dairy products”, Mr Groser said. “We will continue to work toward a successful conclusion. This is about getting the best possible deal for New Zealand, not a deal at any cost.” “I am confident that we will reach an agreement that is in the best interests of New Zealand when negotiations resume.” Negotiators will continue to work on the remaining issues in the coming weeks and ministers are planning to reconvene soon to finalise the agreement. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Failed Trans-Pacific (TPP) talks show folly of trading

Press Release – AFTINET The failure of TPP Ministers to reach agreement in what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations vindicates the deep concerns of community groups that the TPP is secretly trading away issues like access to affordable medicines and governments … Media Release August 1, 2015 Failed Trans-Pacific (TPP) talks show folly of trading away access to medicines and giving foreign investors rights to sue governments despite community opposition “The failure of TPP Ministers to reach agreement in what was supposed to be the final round of negotiations vindicates the deep concerns of community groups that the TPP is secretly trading away issues like access to affordable medicines and governments’ right to regulate without being sued by foreign corporations. These are issues which should be decided though open democratic parliamentary processes, not secretly traded away for token access to sugar or dairy markets,” said Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network. At a media conference held at 12.30 PM Australian EST, TPP ministers announced no agreement. They claimed “significant progress” and said “intensive work” will continue, but have not set a date for another meeting. “We are pleased that governments failed to reach agreement on key sticking points about extension of monopolies and corporate rights which should not even be on the table in so–called free trade negotiations. These...

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