ExportNZ MFAT EU FTA Trade Update

ExportNZ MFAT EU FTA Trade Update

ExportNZ MFAT EU FTA Trade Update

Come along to our free event to hear from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on negotiations for a European Union–New Zealand free trade agreement, and other trade negotiations.

Find out what the European Union – New Zealand free trade agreement means for New Zealand and where negotiations are at.
Get an update on other trade agreements under negotiation or consideration.
Ask questions, share your views, and hear what others are thinking.
The presentation will be followed by plenty of time for questions and answers, networking and refreshments.

Our shared history and values make the European Union (made up of 28 member states) a close and like-minded trade partner for New Zealand. A modern free trade agreement with the EU is a chance to deepen that partnership, deliver significant economic gains, and agree on high standards in areas that New Zealanders care about, like the environment and labour standards. Information on the EU-NZ FTA can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website at: www.mfat.govt.nz/en/trade/free-trade-agreements/agreements-under-negotiation/eu-fta/


Martin Harvey
Lead Negotiator EU-NZ FTA, 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 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 Gulf Cooperation Counci (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.


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 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade in 2000, John’s assignments have included a four-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 Te Reo Māori and Korean fluently.

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