White House releases text of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Press Release | No Comments

Updated November 5, 2015 : White House releases text of Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal The release of the text will be followed by an “intent to sign” message to Congress from President Obama, allowing for a  90 days countdown before he can sign the deal, a rule that is part of the trade promotion authority […]

US|NZ Council Applauds New Zealand’s Accession to World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Press Release | No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2015 US|NZ Council Applauds New Zealand’s Accession to World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement Creating Broader Collaboration Between Trusted Allies Washington, D.C.  — The United States | New Zealand Council applauds the accession of New Zealand to the terms of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the Agreement on […]

New Zealand: armed forces seek bomb disposal experts

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Defense | No Comments

Articles have appeared in New Zealand’s Defense Force publications calling for applicants for a newly-created Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Operator trade, the New Zealand Herald reports. The new posts come after the head of the army created the new EOD Operator trade in January to defend against chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive hazards and […]

How to tackle illegal fishing

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Energy & Environment | No Comments

A White House task force has called for broader enforcement authority for U.S. agencies against illegal fishing.  The U.S. uses a smart, science-based approach to manage domestic fisheries, and is a global leader in sustainable seafood, largely ending domestic overfishing, rebuilding dozens of depleted fish stocks, and supporting near record highs in landings and revenue. […]

As race for UN chief begins, new campaigns demand a woman take charge

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Foreign Affairs | No Comments

A campaign is mounting calling for a woman to replace Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as UN Secretary-General when he leaves office at the end of 2016. On Sunday, WomanSG.org launched, featuring around a dozen women it says are outstanding possible candidates with political experience. Every few weeks, another group of possible candidates will be posted online. […]

Unions to make trade pacts an issue in 2016 campaigns

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Trade | No Comments

Unions plan to make lawmakers’ support for trade an issue in next year’s U.S. elections, the head of the country’s largest labor federation said on Tuesday. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said unions would keep a tally of how lawmakers vote on upcoming legislation allowing Congress to set negotiating objectives for trade deals in exchange for […]

A trade deal with a bonus for national security

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Trade | No Comments

U.S. officials hosted trade negotiators from 11 nations spanning Asia and the Americas in Hawaii to work toward completing what could be the most significant trade deal in a generation. Five years in the making, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would cover 40% of global gross domestic product and a third of world trade. Any such […]

Arrivals in New Zealand reach new record high

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Business | No Comments

Visitor arrivals in New Zealand increased by 3% in January 2015 to 302,400, compared with a year ago, according to official figures from New Zealand. The data shows that arrivals from Australia drove the increase in visitor numbers, with more holidaymakers, people visiting friends and relatives, and business travelers. In comparison, the number of visitors […]

US | NZ Council welcomes Rt. Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, to Washington, DC

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Press Release | No Comments

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release June, 18, 2014 Contact: (202) 638-8601   US | NZ Council welcomes Rt. Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, to Washington, DC   Prime Minister to share his views on New Zealand’s economic and trade priorities, the US/NZ trade and economic relationship, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Washington, […]