A report for Export New Zealand.
Concerns about globalisation and trade liberalisation are growing. The rise of Donald Trump, the UK Brexit vote and the rise of nationalist political parties in much of Europe all point towards a sea change in public attitudes around trade and economic integration.
And domestically, we have seen a breakdown in New Zealand’s long-cherished bipartisan support for trade deals, with Labour choosing to vote against the passing of legislation to enact the TPP.
Against this backdrop, we were asked by Export New Zealand to write a brief report outlining the benefits of trade and trade liberalisation for Kiwis. It’s a reminder that our way of life would be drastically different – and undoubtedly much worse – without trade and economic integration.