6 Aug 2018

Government to ask public for trade feedback

8:35 pm on 6 August 2018

The government is seeking feedback from the public to get New Zealanders involved in the country's future trade deals.

Attorney-General David Parker

Trade Minister David Parker. Photo: VNP / Phil Smith

It has also established an advisory board.

Trade Minister David Parker said he particularly wanted to hear from people who have not always benefited as much as big business has from trade, including small to medium sized businesses, women, and Māori.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the initial opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement was an example of why this was needed.

"In the early stages, when it was the TPP, [it] was challenged by the public.

"There was a view that it wasn't necessarily reflecting the best interests of New Zealand."

Ms Ardern said she would like to see the country's trade deal with the European Union - which is currently in the works - as a test case for fairer deals in future.

The advisory board will be led by trade advisor and former diplomat David Pine.

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