I make no apology for taking the issue of the TPPA and its impact on New Zealand seriously, and approaching it with caution.
There’s been robust debate about it among the Labour caucus, as there should be with any issue likely to have a major impact on the country.
Labour is a party of free trade. This isn’t a product of the last couple of high profile trade ministers in Labour governments. It goes back the full 80 years since we first formed a government. We have always championed the cause of better access to markets and free trade. We are a nation heavily dependent on exporting. It’s how we produce a large chunk of our wealth and generate jobs.