Trans-Pacific Partnership

Resources

TPP fact sheets

New Zealand-specific factsheets on the content of TPP.

National Interest Analysis

The National Interest Analysis (NIA) sets out the implications of TPP for New Zealand.

The NIA was presented to Parliament, with the final text of the agreement, for examination by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee. Separate NIAs were also presented at the same time for four other treaties that New Zealand will be required to ratify as part of TPP - all of which are also covered in the TPP NIA.

TPP Implementing Legislation

Although most of New Zealand’s obligations in TPP can be met by New Zealand’s existing domestic legal and policy regime, some changes are required. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill (TPP Bill) was introduced to Parliament on 9 May 2016. The TPP Bill makes the changes to New Zealand laws that are required to comply with New Zealand’s TPP obligations, except for obligations related to plant variety rights (for which New Zealand has a three-year period following entry into force to implement) and a few remaining regulations and administrative measures required for ratification. After its first reading, the TPP Bill was considered by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee which reported back to the House of Representatives on 27 October 2016.

The TPP Bill, Select Committee report and other information related to the legislative process can be found on the New Zealand Parliament's website.

Economic modelling

Economic modelling estimates what effect the TPP would have on New Zealand’s GDP by 2030.

Factsheets on intellectual property and pharmaceutical and medical device purchasing outlined costs associated with implementing TPP provisions on copyright term and some administrative changes PHARMAC will need to make.

TPP Roadshows

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade held TPP roadshows across the country in 2016. New Zealand's Chief Negotiator for TPP, Dr David Walker (Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) gave an overview presentation on TPP's key outcomes for New Zealand. Further details of roadshow dates and and locations are published on the Events page.

Initial information sessions

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade held initial TPP information sessions in November 2015.
New Zealand's Chief Negotiator for TPP, Dr David Walker (Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) gave an overview presentation [PDF, 1MB] on TPP's key outcomes for New Zealand at sessions in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington.

Documents released under the Official Information Act

The following material was released on 5 February, 2016 under the Official Information Act (the Act).

Some information has been withheld from this material in line with the provisions of the Act. Reasons for withholding are:

Section 6(a) – making the information available would be likely to prejudice the international relations of the New Zealand Government.

Section 6(b)(i) – making the information available would be likely to prejudice the entrusting of information to the New Zealand Government on a basis of confidence by the Government of another country;

Section 6(e)(vi) – making the information available would be likely to damage seriously the economy of New Zealand by disclosing prematurely decisions to change or continue government economic or financial policies relating to the entering into of overseas trade agreements;

Section 9(2)(a) – to protect the privacy of natural persons;

Section 9(2)(ba) - to protect the supply of confidential information by a third party

Section 9(2)(d) – to avoid prejudice to the substantial economic interests of New Zealand; and

Section 9(2)(j) – to enable to the Government to carry on without prejudice or disadvantage, negotiations.

The information released includes:

TPP Cabinet Mandates 2007-2015: Cabinet decides whether New Zealand should enter into free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations and if so on what terms.  This is known as the mandate. Trade officials then negotiate on the basis of that mandate. As the negotiations progress, Cabinet may decide to update the mandate. Some information has been withheld from this material in line with the provisions of the Act.

Further Economic Analysis:  In addition to the economic modelling above, an earlier version of this work is released under the Act. Some information has been withheld from this material in line with the provisions of the Act. 

The following material was released on 26 February 2016 under the Official Information Act (the Act). Some information has been withheld from this material in line with the following provisions of the Act. Reasons for withholding are:

Section 6(a) – making the information available would be likely to prejudice the international relations of the New Zealand Government.

Section 6(b)(i) – making the information available would be likely to prejudice the entrusting of information to the New Zealand Government on a basis of confidence by the Government of another country;

Section 9(2)(a) – to protect the privacy of natural persons;

Section 9(2)(h) – to protect legal professional privilege;

Section 9(2)(j) – to enable to the Government to carry on without prejudice or disadvantage, negotiations.

Correspondence: During the TPP negotiations, MFAT negotiators worked together with policy leads across relevant government departments, such as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry for the Environment, and engaged with a range of others in order to keep policy leads updated and to seek instructions as negotiations progressed. Some of this correspondence has been made available under the Act subject to withholding information from these documents in line with the provisions of the Act.

 

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