After almost six years of secrecy, the TPPA text was finally released on  5 November 2015  and finalised at the signing on 4 February 2016.

This page contains analysis of key issues in the TPPA.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (6R) and Ministerial Representatives from 12 countries pose for a photo after signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement in Auckland on February 3, 2016. / AFP / MICHAEL BRADLEY


Below are series of expert peer-reviewed research papers on the TPPA, originally published at TPP Legal:

In 2015 several prominent Maori and advocates filed proceedings in the Waitangi Tribunal questioning whether the New Zealand government’s actions with the respect to the TPPA were in breach of its obligations under the Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Waitangi Tribunal’s critical report was published on 5 May 2016.

Additional research, analysis and papers relating to the Waitangi Tribunal are also available from TPP Legal.

Submissions to the Select Committee

The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee allowed only a month for submissions on the text of the TPPA.  The Select Committee report, including critical minority views from Labour, the Green Party and New Zealand First, was published on 4 May 2016.  Amongst more than 3300 written submissions to the Select Committee were the following:

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill, which contains the changes to New Zealand law required to implement the TPPA, is currently before the the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee.  The Committee’s report is due on 11 November 2016.  Submissions to the Committee are available here.


Other resources

  • A succinct point-by-point rebuttal of the arguments for the TPPA is available here.
  • Key Issues in the TPPA, an overview document on the effects of the TPPA prepared by Professor Jane Kelsey and former Green Party MP Barry Coates.
  • Up-to-date list of ISDS cases.
  • Fact sheets on the TPPA prepared by our friends at ActionStation.
  • An initial analysis of the final TPPA text by influential US-based group Public Citizen