The New Zealand United States Council believes that New Zealand and the United States should negotiate a comprehensive, high quality free trade agreement which provides a pathway to the broader Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific.
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Founded in 2001, the New Zealand United States Council is committed to fostering and developing a strong and mutually beneficial relationship between New Zealand and the United States. The Council is an advocate for the expansion of trade and economic links between the two countries including a comprehensive free trade agreement achieved either bilaterally or in the context of an expanded Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).
The Council works closely with its counterpart in Washington DC, the US NZ Council, with business groups in New Zealand and with government agencies, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New Zealand Embassy in Washington.
The NZ US Relationship
An overview of our relationship - its history, highlights and opportunities
A variety of personal perspectives on the NZ US Relationship
The First US NZ Partnership Forum was held in Washington in April 2006, the Second US NZ Partnership Forum was held in Auckland in October 2007, the Third US NZ Partnership Forum was held in Washington in October 2009, the Fourth US NZ Partnership Forum was held in Christchurch in February 2011 and the 2013 US-NZ Pacific Partnership Forum was held in Washington in May 2013.
Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
The NZ US Council supports the conclusion of an ambitious, high quality and comprehensive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) now under negotiation between eleven economies in the Asia Pacific region.
A successful conclusion to the TPP negotiations will provide a freer trade and investment relationship between New Zealand and the United States. This is a goal that has been central to the NZUS Council since the Council’s inception in 2001. TPP will also provide a pathway to a broader Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP).