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NZ-US Council welcomes the signature of the TPP

Press Release – NZ US Council NZ-US Council welcomes the signature of the TPP The Executive Director of the NZ-US Council, Fiona Cooper Clarke, has welcomed the signature of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in Auckland today. We are delighted that the TPP has been signed, …NZ-US Council welcomes the signature of the TPP The Executive Director of the NZ-US Council, Fiona Cooper Clarke, has welcomed the signature of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in Auckland today. “We are delighted that the TPP has been signed, the culmination of several years of intensive effort by trade negotiators. We congratulate Prime Minister Key, Minister McClay, former Minister Tim Groser and New Zealand’s Chief Negotiator Dr David Walker on this fine achievement,” says Ms Cooper Clarke. “The TPP marks the first time that New Zealand and the USA have entered into an FTA relationship. The USA is the world’s largest consumer market. The TPP will drive the NZ-US economic relationship forwards, encouraging more trade, investment and innovation. Since its inception the NZ-US Council has been working towards achieving an FTA agreement between the two countries so today is a very good day for NZ-US relations.” “The TPP is New Zealand’s biggest free trade agreement to date. As set out in the joint letter of support for TPP to Prime Minister Key signed by Council Chairman Simon Power earlier this...

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NZUS Council Welcomes Opening of Consulate in Hawaii

Press Release – NZ US Council The NZ US Council warmly welcomes the prospective opening of a New Zealand Consulate General office in Honolulu announced by Foreign Minister Murray McCully last week. Honolulu is the focus of a number of important aspects of our relationship with …NZUS Council Welcomes Opening of Consulate in Hawaii The NZ US Council warmly welcomes the prospective opening of a New Zealand Consulate General office in Honolulu announced by Foreign Minister Murray McCully last week. “Honolulu is the focus of a number of important aspects of our relationship with the United States,” said NZ US Council Associate Director, Suse Reynolds. “As well as being the destination of an increasing number of New Zealand tourists, who are often on their way to the U.S. mainland, Honolulu is the focus for some important policy links through the East West Centre and US Pacific Command. “The East West Center, which promotes better relations between the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region, published the quantitative study, led by Professor Peter Petri about the benefits of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently under negotiation,” said Suse Reynolds. The NZ US Council also notes the US Pacific Command has for many years played an important role in NZ/US cooperation and in disaster recovery in the region. Last year for example the U.S. and New Zealand co-chaired a meeting of Pacific...

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Registrations open for USNZ 2013 Pacific Partnership Forum

Press Release – NZ US Council Join Major Business and Government Leaders in Washington, DC – May 19-21 The USNZ 2013 Pacific Partnership Forum to be held in Washington, DC from May 19 – 21 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel has opened for registration. The Forum will bring together New … 3 April 2013 Media release Registrations open for USNZ 2013 Pacific Partnership Forum Join Major Business and Government Leaders in Washington, DC – May 19-21 The USNZ 2013 Pacific Partnership Forum to be held in Washington, DC from May 19 – 21 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel has opened for registration. The Forum will bring together New Zealand and US game-changing leaders from business, government, and non-profit organizations to explore the next opportunities for economic growth and cooperation. The line up of speakers includes former US Trade Representative and President of the World Bank, Bob Zoellick. The programme opens on Sunday evening 19 May at the US Institute of Peace overlooking the Mall. The format for the Forum will see it open each day with a plenary session. On Monday this will focus on Security and Foreign Policy and on Tuesday an impressive panel will address Business, Trade and Investment. Following these discussions there will be a choice of six stimulating concurrent sessions to attend: o Agriculture – from farm to fork, o Cities of the Future –...

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US sabbatical to focus on US trade negotiation

Press Release – NZ US Council Executive Director of the NZ US Council Stephen Jacobi has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship and leaves for Washington DC for a three-month sabbatical on 6 March, the NZ US Council has announced.4 March 2013 Media release US sabbatical to focus on US Government’s trade negotiation consultation processes Executive Director of the NZ US Council Stephen Jacobi has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship and leaves for Washington DC for a three-month sabbatical on 6 March, the NZ US Council has announced. “This is a fascinating time to be going to Washington,” said Mr Jacobi. “Not only is President Obama commencing his second term of office at time when the budget sequester risks derailing economic recovery, but the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations are entering what we hope will be their final phase. The President has also initiated new trade negotiations with the European Union which could have a number of indirect implications for New Zealand.” While in the United States Mr Jacobi will be located at the Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University and will undertake research into the way the US Government consults with business and other stakeholders on trade negotiations. “Trade negotiations like TPP are becoming more complex than ever and it’s important that negotiators consult actively with business and other stakeholders to ensure they get things...

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NZ-US Council scores ‘own goal’ with laughable TPP Survey

Media release: Professor Jane Kelsey Friday 5 October, 2012 “When cheerleaders commission a survey to support their pet project you can pretty-well guarantee the questions will be skewed to produce a favourable result. But the survey commissioned by the NZ-US Council to show that Kiwi’s support the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement takes the cake”, says University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, a critic of the agreement. “According to the survey 57% of New Zealanders support the proposed TPP, yet 51% of them have never heard of the TPP!” The methodology of the survey is so laughable it does not even warrant a serious rebuttal. “The Council should be shamefaced about trying to present the results as indicating anything of value. A first year student who presented this as a piece of academic work would fail with an E.” Professor Kelsey says the survey has “an air of desperation”. New Zealand will host the next round of TPPA talks in Auckland from 3 to 12 December and its champions are on the back foot. “Many Kiwis are affronted simply by the secrecy that engulfs the TPP negotiations and prevents them knowing what is being done in their name”, said Professor Kelsey. “Others are aware from leaked documents and informed speculation that US-led demands would have a huge negative impact on a wide raft of policies that affect New Zealanders’...

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