EU –NZ Free Trade Agreement & the Government’s Trade for All agenda.

EU –NZ Free Trade Agreement & the Government’s Trade for All agenda.

EU –NZ Free Trade Agreement & the Government’s Trade for All agenda.

Come along to our free event for the opportunity to hear from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the European Union–New Zealand free trade agreement negotiation, and on developing a Trade for All agenda for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

What will I experience if I come?

  • Find out what the European Union – New Zealand free trade agreement will mean for New Zealanders;
  • Get an update on other trade agreements under negotiation or consideration;
  • Hear about the Government’s Trade for All agenda and how it aims to benefit all New Zealanders; and
  • Ask questions, share your views, and hear what others in your community are thinking.
  • The presentation will be followed by plenty of time for questions and answers, and networking and refreshments with senior MFAT officials.

Further information about the EU-NZ FTA and Trade for All:

The European Union (made up of 28 member states) is a close and like-minded partner for New Zealand. A progressive and inclusive free trade agreement is a chance to deepen that partnership, deliver significant economic gains, and agree on high standards in areas that matter to New Zealanders.Information on the EU-NZ FTA can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website at:

The government is developing a Trade for All policy that delivers for all New Zealanders and is seeking your views on this. This is a chance to step back from looking at any individual trade agreement and instead consider trade policy in general, our current practice, and what’s best for New Zealand. The goal is a trade policy that works alongside other government policies, to support sustainable and inclusive economic development. Share your views at this event or Have your say online at


Martin Harvey: Lead Negotiator, Trade and Economic Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Martin Harvey took up his appointment as Lead Negotiator in the Trade and Economic Group in April 2017. He is currently responsible for New Zealand’s FTA processes with the European Union and with the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Mr Harvey joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984 and has served in Canberra, in Geneva as New Zealand Deputy Permanent Representative to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and as New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore from 2008 to 2010. From 2010 to 2012, he was Director of the Europe Division, and from 2012 to 2017 he was Divisional Manager for Trade Negotiations.

Mr Harvey has worked extensively in the area of trade policy, including Closer Economic Relations (CER) with Australia, the GATT Uruguay Round of trade negotiations, the WTO, EU trade relations and more recently on a range of free trade agreement negotiations. From 2004 to 2007, Mr Harvey was lead negotiator for New Zealand’s FTAs with ASEAN and Malaysia, and he also led negotiations with the GCC from 2007 to their conclusion in October 2009. From 2012-14, he was lead negotiator for the Korea-New Zealand FTA.

Mr Harvey has also been seconded to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Victoria University’s Institute of Policy Studies and to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to work on climate change issues, including New Zealand’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. He was a senior manager in the New Zealand Climate Change Office of the Ministry for the Environment from 2003 to 2004.

Clare Kelly, Divisional Manager, Trade Negotiations Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs &Trade

From April 2013 to March 2017, Clare served as New Zealand’s Ambassador to Mexico, with concurrent accreditations to Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela, and Belize.

From May 2009 until her appointment as Ambassador, Clare served as Unit Manager, Trade in Goods, in the Trade Negotiations Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with responsibility for New Zealand’s agriculture and goods negotiating teams in bilateral and regional free trade agreement negotiations and in the World Trade Organisation (WTO).  During this period she was also New Zealand’s lead Goods negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiation.

Clare was posted as Counsellor in the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the WTO in Geneva from 2003 to 2007. Her previous experience in a Latin American embassy includes a posting as First Secretary and Consul-General in the New Zealand Embassy in Santiago, Chile.  From 2007 to 2009 Clare worked as a Trade Adviser in the Geneva office of the law firm White & Case LLP, covering a range of international trade law issues, in particular, trade in services, accessions to the WTO and WTO disputes.

John Riley, Unit Manager, Trade Policy Engagement Unit,Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

John heads the newly established Trade Policy Engagement Unit tasked with helping the government respond to New Zealanders concerns and interests on trade agreements.

Since joining Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade in 2000, John’s assignments have included a 4-year stint within the Trade Negotiations Division where he worked on tariff negotiations both in the context of Non-agricultural Market Access in the WTO Doha Round and several of New Zealand’s FTAs.

He has also completed a diplomatic posting in London and two postings in Seoul.  John speaks Korean and Te Reo Māori fluently.

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