“New Zealand First's approach to international relations is tough-minded, independent, and integrated. It affirms and enhances our country's traditional relationships while recognizing the emergence of global, and the realities of regional and international politics.”
— Rt Hon Winston Peters
- Provide the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with resources it needs.
- Promote diplomacy as the first option to resolve international conflict.
- Remain strongly committed to New Zealand's anti-nuclear policy.
- Oppose the National-led government’s sponsorship of UNSC2334.
- Continue to advocate against the exploitation of Antarctica and for the cessation of all whaling.
FREE AND FAIR TRADE
- Oppose investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in bilateral and multilateral agreements and by extension the Trans Pacific Partnership-11, which offers little for our exporters.
- Revise current FTA deals being negotiated to make sure they are real and are in our interests (such as protection of land and strategic assets).
- Renegotiate existing poor-quality deals to increase their quality and benefit.
- Conclude the Russia-Belarus Kazakhstan Customs Union Free Trade Agreement as a priority – that bloc being the world’s number two dairy and beef importer.
- Initiate public diplomacy in countries we want Free Trade Agreements with in order to win their public over and secure a better deal for their country and especially, ours.
- Prioritise free and fair trade deals with Japan, United Kingdom, EU and the United States.
- Initiate Closer Commonwealth Economic Relations (CCER) to deepen existing bilateral deals with Commonwealth countries.
- Refocus NZTE to supporting small and medium sized exporters with practical research, translation services and effecting commercial introductions.