March 24, 2010
If one was to believe some of the recent media articles in New Zealand, it would be easy to think that we’re completely mad to be negotiating a free trade agreement with the US. We beg to differ. While no trade deal will keep everyone happy, and some difficult trade-offs will be required to seal the deal, New Zealand won’t accept a deal that makes us worse off. This note takes a pragmatic look at the current negotiations with the US via the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional agreement.