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We’re committed to working constructively with the global community to address challenges that transcend borders – from climate change to the Christchurch Call.

Here’s how we’re securing New Zealand’s place in the world:

Making and maintaining connections

We’re supporting exporters and pursuing ambitious trade policy to help New Zealand businesses succeed overseas. We’ve upgraded our free trade agreement with China, and are progressing agreements with the UK and EU. We established Aotearoa ki te Ao, a programme of work designed to support Māori trade opportunities. We helped Kiwi businesses to keep trading through the disruption of COVID, and supported Air New Zealand to secure and maintain freight links with important markets.

Tackling the big issues

We’re making sure our international relationships and initiatives reflect our priorities. We’re leading the Christchurch Call to work internationally to eliminate extremist content online, and we’ve agreed to strengthen our bilateral cooperation with the EU on emissions trading systems. We’re also continuing to work towards eliminating nuclear weapons, in line with our proud history of being nuclear-free.

Partnering with the Pacific

We’re committed to building deeper partnerships with Pacific nations and expanding our Pacific development programme. We’ve increased support to combat climate change in the region, through projects like a desalination plant in Kiribati, a water storage facility in Tuvalu, and renewable energy generation in Niue. In response to COVID, we’ve boosted aid to support our Pacific neighbours to help them tackle the pandemic and rebuild their economies.

Securing our place in Antarctica

Budget 2021 will fund a major redevelopment of Scott Base, which will create hundreds of jobs and safeguard our presence in Antarctica. This is a win for science, ensuring our continued support for important research that will help Aotearoa and the wider world prepare for – and mitigate – the impacts of climate change.

Labour is already rolling out our plan to back New Zealand exporters, boost primary sector export earnings, and ensure we have an international reputation to be proud of. That’s why we:

  • Backed New Zealand exporters during COVID, including providing on-the-ground support to help local businesses connect with overseas markets and global partners
  • Launched our Trade Recovery Strategy, to help get businesses through the disruption of COVID and recalibrate our trade policy to navigate a turbulent environment
  • Boosted aid to support our Pacific neighbours tackle COVID and rebuild their communities and economies
  • Joined the global search for COVID-19 vaccine, ensuring that all the stops are pulled out to advance discovery, development, testing and supply of a COVID-19 vaccine

Labour will continue to negotiate modern, high-quality free trade agreements, which promote adherence to environmental and labour standards, including progressing negotiations with the United Kingdom and European Union.

Labour will continue to strengthen New Zealand’s advocacy on issues such as climate change. We live in the Pacific, and with that comes a huge duty to both act, and speak on, the threat that climate change poses to our region.

Labour will progress our bold plan to boost primary sector export earnings by $44 billion over the next decade through a focus on creating value, while improving environmental outcomes.