22 Oct 2021

'We need to give farmers time to adjust' - UK High Commissioner on NZ trade deal

From Morning Report, 8:50 am on 22 October 2021

The new free trade deal with post-Brexit Britain is almost certainly this country's most significant with our former colonial power since the early 1970s.

The deal promises zero tariffs on all UK goods into New Zealand and nearly two-thirds of our exports to the UK.

The new agreement, which has been hammered out at our end for the past four years by an MFAT team of negotiators, also covers environmental concerns, telecommunications, the Treaty of Waitangi, intellectual property and much else.

Few people have probably followed its progress more closely than the British High Commissioner to New Zealand Laura Clarke.

She spoke to Susie Ferguson.