Covid Health Provision – NZNO warns Government: “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

Source: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) says Aotearoa New Zealand is dangerously underprepared for what seems an inevitable tsunami of community Covid cases that could completely break our health system, and that nurses must be part all proposed solutions.
NZNO Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku says nurses are a highly skilled workforce and have risen to ever-increasing demands, but they are already burnt out and seriously understaffed. Meanwhile our health system is not adequate to meet the demands of Covid, which is only just beginning to have an impact.
“Basically, we’re saying to the Government that, even though you’re acknowledging things are frighteningly bad right now, ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet,’ and we would have been better prepared had you not decided to go it alone around nursing.
“The Government has not acted swiftly enough and, because it has not consulted with nursing experts or the nurses’ union, we have band aid solutions being applied all over the place that only serve to devalue nurses, while the heart of the problem has remained unaddressed.”
Ms Nuku says the announced 300 monthly MIQ spots for health workers is welcome news, but was a surprise that was way too little, way too late.
“Those 300 monthly health workers will be spread across the health sectors, including allied health, aged care, primary care and Māori and iwi providers starting two months from now – and they will need time to adjust to the Aotearoa New Zealand health system.
“Meanwhile we have around 3500 nursing vacancies nationally across the health sector. Even if the nurses took all 300 MIQ places each month, we wouldn’t be breaking even in a year’s time because so many nurses continue to leave.
“So we need a fair say in how those 300 health workers are selected and deployed each month.”
Ms Nuku also says the Government’s touted solution of training nurses to work in intensive care units (ICU) is also woefully inadequate.
“It takes two or three years after graduating to become a proficient ICU nurse. Nurses are incredible, but it is not a fair or realistic long-term solution to expect them to function professionally in ICU environments on the basis of four hours’ online training. This will put nurses and patients at risk.”
She says the Government must consult with nursing unions and professionals in addressing nursing problems so properly workable solutions can be found.
“How will we incentivise the right kinds of overseas nurses to come here? What are we doing to keep our nursing graduates here and in the profession? These questions should have been addressed months ago, but they still aren’t even a real focus.
“And this is about much more than hospitals and Covid. Evidence from around the world shows people are suffering and/or dying in other parts of health systems because so many resources have been shifted towards the Covid response.
“NZNO needs to be at the table when nursing issues are being decided by Government and the situation we currently find ourselves is just likely to get worse because that has not happened.” 

Greenpeace says Report shows NZ dairy industry linked to illegal Indonesian palm oil plantations

Source: Greenpeace

A new report released today by Greenpeace Indonesia, “ Deceased Estate: Illegal palm oil wiping out Indonesia’s national forest“, reveals that illegal palm oil plantations are destroying protected Indonesian rainforests and other habitats, and New Zealand’s industrial dairy sector is a major beneficiary.
The damning report finds palm oil plantation expansion in national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and even UNESCO sites, across Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua. Palm oil expansion is the largest single cause of destruction of critical Indonesian rainforests over the last two decades.
The ‘Deceased Estate’ report found that there are four palm oil producers with at least 50,000ha of oil palm plantations illegally established inside the protected forest estate. These producers include Wilmar International which imports palm kernel expeller (PKE) to New Zealand. PKE is a product of the palm oil industry used as supplementary feed in New Zealand’s industrial dairying.
“Back in 2020, when Fonterra handed control of its PKE imports to Wilmar International, Greenpeace warned of trouble to come. Sadly we’re now seeing evidence of New Zealand agriculture benefiting from illegal deforestation for palm oil and PKE,” says Greenpeace Aotearoa agriculture campaigner, Christine Rose.
New Zealand is the world’s largest importer of PKE, importing an estimated two million tonnes a year which is used to feed the dairy herd because there are too many cows for grass growth alone to sustain.
“New Zealand’s industrial dairying is cashing in on the destruction of endangered species, critical rainforest habitat and indigenous livelihoods in Indonesia,” says Rose.
“New Zealand’s intensive dairying benefits from ecological destruction in Indonesia while polluting rivers, the climate and drinking water at home.
“The New Zealand dairy sector’s use of PKE to support herd intensification and expansion, effectively outsources environmental costs onto some of the most diverse remaining forests and species in the world, and it has to stop.
“It’s unconscionable that New Zealand is complicit in the illegal expansion of palm oil plantations that undermine indigenous community land use and destroy the habitat of rare and endangered species such as Sumatran orangutans, tigers and elephants.”
Greenpeace Aotearoa is calling for an end to the importation of supplementary feed like PKE, “because it drives highly polluting dairy intensification in Aotearoa, contributes to rainforest destruction and increases climate emissions both here and in Indonesia.”
Clearance of Indonesian rainforest for palm oil released an estimated 104 Tg (million metric tons) of primary forest carbon from Indonesia’s forest estate between 2001-2019. This is equal to 60% of the annual emissions of international aviation.
Greenhouse gas emissions from NZ's intensive dairy sector, supported by this illegal PKE, are 48% of this country's total.
“With industrial agriculture being New Zealand’s biggest climate polluter, we need an urgent shift away from this high-input, industrial agribusiness model towards regenerative organic farming that works within the limits of nature,” says Rose.

Weather – Opening windows and doors “one of the best ways” to remove Covid-19 from classroom air

Source: NIWA

One of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of Covid-19 being transmitted in Aotearoa New Zealand classrooms is simply by opening doors and windows to create natural ventilation, say NIWA air quality experts.
The largely Auckland-based team have been studying indoor and outdoor air quality in New Zealand for around 15 years, including a decade looking at air quality in people’s homes and in schools.
“We know that some Aucklanders are feeling anxious about the return to school for some students next week. But they can feel more confident knowing that opening windows and doors to replace indoor air with fresh air from outside is very effective at cleaning air,” says NIWA Air Quality Scientist Ian Longley.
“In a closed classroom, everyone’s breath spreads out to fill the space. If anyone is infected with Covid-19, virus particles can circulate through the air across the whole room. But build-up of contaminated air is reduced by ventilation. This just means removing the stale air inside the room and replacing it with clean air.
“One of the most effective ways to do this is simply to open doors and windows to create air flow across the classroom. This will remove air from inside and replace it with fresh air from outside, which should be free from the Covid-19 virus.”
For classrooms with all the windows or doors on one side, turning on a fan can help create air flow and bring outdoor air inside.
Ventilation, air conditioning and filtration – what’s the difference?
Ventilation and filtration are two different things. Ventilation can be done naturally through open doors and windows as described above, or by mechanical ventilation units.
“Mechanical ventilation might be needed if a classroom doesn’t have windows that open. But for most New Zealand classrooms in the warmer months, ventilation units are no more effective than natural ventilation,” says Dr Longley.
Air conditioners such as heat pumps are different to mechanical ventilation. These typically recycle air in a room and change its properties, by warming or cooling it or removing moisture. While these make the room more comfortable, they do not improve its ventilation.
Filtration refers to cleaning the air in a room by running it through a filter that removes particles (including virus particles) before recirculating the cleaned air. Some air conditioners are fitted with filters and there are also many types of standalone filtration units available, including portable ones that can be plugged into a standard plug.
Filtration is an option for classrooms with insufficient ventilation (for instance, where there are few or small opening windows) or where fresh air does not reach all parts of the classroom.
What’s the link with carbon dioxide (CO2)?
Some newer classrooms in New Zealand have CO2 monitors installed. Monitoring indoor CO2 gives a good indication of how fresh or stuffy the air inside a room is. CO2 is generated by people breathing and, when levels get too high, people can start to feel sleepy or foggy.
“Monitoring indoor CO2 has been talked about in relation to Covid-19 transmission through classroom air because it gives a good indication of how much fresh outside air is circulating in the room.
“Outside CO2 levels sit at about 410 parts per million (ppm), while the current indoor standard is 1500 ppm. But international studies are showing that to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, you really need to increase ventilation so that CO2 stays below about 800 ppm,” says Dr Longley.
CO2 is not reduced by filtration. Even with an air filter in place, ventilation is still needed to reduce CO2 levels and prevent build-up of stuffy air.
“Keeping CO2 levels down offers the win-win of ensuring Covid-19 is less likely to be circulating as well as keeping students more alert to improve learning.
“While using a CO2 monitor can give valuable insights into the indoor air quality, humans are also good at sensing how fresh the air is in a room we walk into and whether there’s some air flow,” he says.

Forward focus for Canterbury Chamber, supported by new Board

Source: Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce

A new Board has been announced for the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, to support growing demand for the organisation’s expertise and services, as well as a move to a more sustainable, accessible business model.
Chief Executive Leeann Watson says the last year has been challenging for all businesses, reinforcing the strong role The Chamber plays in the local business community.
“The last year has been a reminder of the strong role The Chamber plays in continuing to be a trusted advisor, support network and connector of businesses for our local community. The Chamber continues to go from strength to strength as we support and empower local businesses, both with adapting to change, but also with making the most of opportunities on the horizon.
“Internally we have the same ‘forward focus’ as we progress through our organisation’s own transformation journey, to ensure we meet and exceed changing consumer demands, and apply new technology to continue to drive efficiency, customer engagement and a strong customer experience – all of which will ensure we have a sustainable business model, fit for the future, while providing products and services that support and add value to our members.
“We are pleased that the skills and expertise of our new Board, confirmed at our Annual General Meeting, will support the organisation through this transformation.”
The Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Board for 2021/2022 was announced at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 21 October 2021.
The successful candidates are:
-Benjamin Badger
-Andrew Dallison – Moffat NZ Operations
-Paul Deavoll – Orion NZ Limited
-Oliver Hunt – Medsalv
-Matthew Mark – Christchurch City Mission
-Charlotte Sullivan – Auburn
They will join the incumbent Board members:
-Erin Black – Connect Consultancy
-Jenni Callaghan – Ernst & Young
-Mark Allan – Eliot Sinclair & Partners Ltd
-Craig Latimer – New Zealand Trade & Enterprise
-Andrew Logie – Logie Associates
-Jo Pennycuick – Redesign Group
“The last twelve months has not been without its challenges, but it is a source of great pride that the Canterbury business community continues to be seen as one of the most connected, collaborative, and resilient regions in the country, driven by the determined, resilient and innovative businesses in the  region,” says Ms Watson.

Education – University of Auckland renames professional development service for teachers

Source: University of Auckland

Tui Tuia|Learning Circle To stitch, to string, to thread, or to bind together

Future Learning Solutions – the University of Auckland’s professional development service for educators – is delighted to launch its new bilingual name: Tui Tuia | Learning Circle.

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle provides services and programmes to strengthen the capability and resilience of New Zealand educators in our rapidly changing world.

Working alongside leaders, teachers and school communities, the organisation has a history of designing and delivering quality professional learning and development. This includes leadership development, language learning, literacy development and Reading Recovery.  The organisation also delivers culturally sustaining practice including Pacific-led professional development and support for kura, ākonga and kaiako in Pāngarau and Te Reo in Māori and English, focusing on improving outcomes for learners.

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle also supports all the Ministry of Education’s regionally-allocated professional development priorities.  

Its work is informed by the latest research and findings through its close relationship with the University of Auckland.

Tui Tuia | Learning Circle Director Yvonne Lim said the name change was prompted by a review that found the education sector was aware of only some of the services offered by the organisation.

“Binding all areas of our business together with a new name, website and visual identity that has a stronger resonance for our staff and New Zealand schools represents a confident new chapter for Tui Tuia | The Learning Circle.

“Our Māori name Tui Tuia means ‘to stitch, to string, to thread, or to bind together’. It exists in our Maori Medium team, or Te Whānau Maioha’s whakataukī: Tuia kia mau. Herea kia tau.  Our English name, Learning Circle conveys inclusiveness and the commitment to continual learning across all the areas we operate in,” said Lim.

The refined Learning Circle logo continues to celebrates the harakeke, which symbolises the family and the cycle of life. The rito (harakeke shoot) in the logo is the child. It is protected by the awhi rito (parents). The outside leaves represent the tūpuna (grandparents and ancestors). The Tui is a symbol of the people and the act of guardianship, and the flower represents the seed of knowledge.

The new name was ushered in with a poignant dawn ceremony last week led by Michael Steedman (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, Te Uri o Hau) kaiarataki in the office of the Pro Vice Chancellor (Māori) at the University of Auckland, and a representative from Tui Tuia|Learning Circle.


Tui Tuia – Learning Circle offers the following services and programmes to educational leaders and teachers in New Zealand and abroad.


Learning Circle is also the new name for the Centre of Educational Leadership and provides a range of leadership services for educational leaders and organisations in New Zealand and overseas. Our work is informed by rigorous educational leadership research and the practical experience of our team of researchers, past principals and senior leaders.

Te Whānau Maioha

Te Whānau Maioha supports teachers and kaiako in Māori medium settings. This includes the delivery of Te Reo Matatini and Pangarau maths based on best practice from Te Puna Wānanga (School of Māori education within the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland). This contributes to providing learning solutions for ākonga Māori to achieve education success as Māori.

Te Whānau Maioha is also active in delivering to Ministry of Education priorities for regionally-allocated professional learning and development programmes to support Kura.


Learning Circle is also the new name for Centre for Languages and offers programmes, workshops, online support and resources to grow, strengthen and advocate for language learning, use and language maintenance in New Zealand schools.


Learning Circle works with schools to build the literacy capability of school leaders and teachers to accelerate learning outcomes for all students. We believe that each child deserves an equitable opportunity for success in life, and through targeted literacy interventions we can support those students who need it most. Key initiatives include Reading Recovery, an evidence-based early literacy intervention for six-year-olds not getting underway well with reading and writing.

Pacific-led Education

Learning Circle is focused on using Pacific ways of knowing and being to establish culturally responsive learning solutions across the Pacific and New Zealand, and which support Pacific children to excel. We partner across the Pacific Islands with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade and Pacific Island Ministries of Education to improve teacher practice and student literacy standards. We believe that cultural heritage, faith, family and service are important values to be passed from generation to generation.

Environment – New research shows native trees vital for our people’s health

Source: Project Crimson

AIA NZ’s 5590+ report, released last week, evidences the increasing importance of the environment for our health and wellbeing. The report cites lack of environmental interaction as one of five risk factors that lead to the five most common non-communicable diseases: these NCDs represent more than 90% of deaths in New Zealand.
“The environment is being increasingly recognised as a cause of disease, with research showing links between non-communicable diseases and environmental factors such as air pollution, climate change, agriculture, and urbanisation,” says Nick Stanhope, CEO, AIA New Zealand.
“We cannot thrive in an unhealthy environment, while the environment cannot thrive when our behaviours aren’t healthy.”
Internationally, 23% of all deaths (about 12.6 million deaths per year) are linked to the environment: and nearly two-thirds of the annual deaths caused by the environment are due to NCDs (WHO, 2017).
At home in Aotearoa, the report shows that more than a third of New Zealanders are concerned about environmental risk contributing to a non-communicable disease later in life. Furthermore, half of Kiwis are concerned that climate change and poor air quality will affect their health in the future.
The 5590+ report also affirms the importance of each individual’s actions in positively affecting the environment. “Every one of us can improve our impact on the environment, which in turn improves the impact of the environment on our health. While changes at an individual level may seem small, if we all modify even a few behaviours, we can collectively have a significant and positive impact,” says Nick.
An excellent example of this behaviour is the commitment to support Aotearoa’s native trees: whether it’s by planting (which brings its own plethora of health benefits), donating native trees to community planting groups, or gifting a native tree to a loved one through Trees That Count. The health of New Zealand’s native trees is vital to not only environmental ecosystems, but also the health of our people.
“In today’s context, native trees are often talked about for their potential long-term carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation,” says Melanie Seyfort, Head of Partnerships for Trees That Count. “However, they’re also producing positive impacts for our climate right here and now: providing shelter, and ameliorating local temperatures.
Likewise, native trees protect our water and air quality. They contribute to green infrastructure, alleviating flooding and protecting our water quality from urban pollution and excess nutrients from intensive agriculture. Their absorption of air pollutants results in lower incidences of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, fewer hospital admissions and lower health costs.
In particular, a 2018 study following 49,956 New Zealand children demonstrated that exposure to natural vegetation can protect against asthma in children. Less quantifiable, but just as significant, are the cultural, spiritual, and mental wellness values that native forests can provide.
There has been a wealth of international research on the importance of nature for human wellbeing. In the New Zealand context, the strong link between human health and the surrounding environment has been described under the concept of waiora (health, or holistic wellness, in Te Reo Māori).
Native forests are playgrounds for us and our visitors alike. A 2015 survey of walking access showed that for 88% of New Zealanders, spending time in the outdoors was an important part of their life: and forests featured highly when these respondents were questioned about the types of areas visited.
It is also now recognised that restoration of habitat and natural biodiversity by community volunteers contributes to their wellbeing and is a unifying force in communities. From personal experience, it’s true: there’s no better feel-good moment than putting a native seedling in the ground.”
The 5590 report, likewise, backs native trees as “the simplest, most impactful, and cost-effective way we can help to improve the environment in which we live.” AIA NZ demonstrates their research in action by supporting Trees That Count: so far they have funded more than 5,000 native trees which have been distributed to community planting projects from Waiheke Island to Arrowtown. AIA Vitality members can also choose to donate their weekly Active Rewards to Trees That Count.
It’s simple to follow AIA’s example and back our native trees. Businesses can explore options for funding native trees-everything from straightforward donations to gifting native trees to staff or clients for Christmas. Individuals can donate or gift a native tree: every single one counts for our environment, and, as 5590+ evidences, for our people.
More about Trees That Count
Trees That Count is a programme of charitable organisation Project Crimson Trust. Trees That Count runs the country’s first native tree marketplace which connects funded and gifted trees to deserving community groups, iwi, local councils, schools and individuals looking to strengthen their own planting projects.
Trees That Count is generously supported by The Tindall Foundation, alongside the thousands of businesses and individuals who are donating through the marketplace.

Environment – EPA achieves major milestones in challenging year

Source: Environmental Protection Authority

New Zealand’s environmental regulator has forged ahead with progress on all of its major initiatives in the past year, despite the cloud of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A transformation of chemical management, and significant changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme, feature in the latest annual report from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
“We put the environment and the health of people front and centre in everything we do. The work we do every day is about protecting the environment, to ensure a safe and sustainable way of life for all New Zealanders now and into the future. The decisions we make now could affect what will happen over the next 3, 30, and 300 years,” says the EPA’s Chief Executive, Dr Allan Freeth.
The Hazardous Substances Modernisation programme, which began in 2019, has been one of our largest and most significant pieces of work. In April 2021 we reached a major milestone by bringing New Zealand into the Globally Harmonised System (GHS 7), an internationally agreed way of classifying chemicals.
We also initiated a call for information on the herbicide glyphosate, to understand its usage patterns in New Zealand ahead of European review findings due next year.
Over the past three years, we have made a shift to place more emphasis on compliance, monitoring, and enforcement. A new organisational structure to support this took effect in October 2020.
Within the Emissions Trading Scheme, we’ve overseen the introduction of new penalties and supported the introduction of auctioning of New Zealand Units.
We’ve contributed to the country’s COVID-19 response by delivering a fast-turnaround assessment of the Pfizer vaccine, and providing advice and administrative support for the fast-track resource consenting process – which aims to boost employment and economic recovery.
After many years of development, in July 2020 we launched our Mātauranga Framework – acknowledging Māori knowledge, experience, values, and philosophy. The creation of this framework has been a huge advance for the EPA as it allows us to fully consider mātauranga evidence in our decision-making.
As part of our increased focus on connecting with New Zealanders, in June of this year the EPA exhibited at National Fieldays for the first time, to hear directly from rural New Zealanders.
“On 1 July we marked 10 years since the EPA was established, acknowledging the history we have made and will continue to make,” says Dr Freeth.
“We have “done our job”, but to us that is not enough, and together with New Zealanders we need to achieve much more.
“Environmental challenges are confronting us every day across the globe. Regulators such as the EPA play a crucial role in protecting the environment and reducing the harm being caused.”

Education – Mastering the art of creativity

Source: Te Pukenga

They say great leaders are made not born – and eight Ara graduates are proof of this, trailblazing the way as the first graduates of Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Master of Creative Practice, a postgraduate qualification that builds fully-formed creative artists across a range of disciplines including music, fine arts and performing arts.
Dr Bruce Russell, Ara’s Creative Industries Postgraduate and Research Leader, says Ara knew there was demand for a Master’s qualification in creative practice when it launched the programme last year.
“We discovered that there were individuals in Canterbury – particularly visual artists – who knew they needed to refresh, develop and deepen their creative thinking toolbox,” he says. “Developing our Master’s gave us the opportunity to create a qualification that was totally fit for purpose, and NZQA gave us a big tick for that.”
Dr Russell says the Master’s teaches established creative practitioners high-level, critical thinking processes, enabling them to make a ‘creative artefact’ that embodies their practice-based research. “The point of the Master’s is to demonstrate that you can operate at a self-directed, self-sustaining level.”
He adds that unlike some Master of Fine Arts programmes, Ara’s Master of Creative Practice, and its Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice, are taught by a Creative Industries faculty “bristling with doctorally-qualified” staff. “And we have brand new, purpose-designed qualifications and a highly qualified, highly motivated staff. We’re tooled-up.”
Harriet Collins and Folina Vili, who both have undergraduate degrees from Ara, are among the first graduates of the Master’s programme.
While Collins wanted to gain more theoretical knowledge and research experience, Vili says she had unfinished business with the body of work she’d started in the final year of her undergraduate degree. Her Master’s thesis focused on embodying her Sāmoan-Pākehā identity and the Sāmoan concept of vā (inter-relational space), resulting in a series of prints and mixed media works on paper reflecting on the different facets of her mixed ethnicity.
“I knew Ara had the facilities I needed to continue working on this body of work, and an environment I enjoyed and prospered in,” Vili says. “I found the self-directed nature of the practical project and written component of the course very challenging. However, I enjoyed pushing myself and then seeing my ideas come to fruition. It was rewarding to learn about new ideas and to discover new things about myself and how I learn and work.”
Collins’ thesis explored ritual practice for non-religious persons through art and sought to understand why she, as an atheist, was attracted to aspects of religious or spiritual practice. She discovered that non-religious people such as herself can gain a sense of fulfillment, inner peace and self-regulation through these practices.
Despite the challenges of the Master’s, Collins says the rewards were substantial. “My thinking concerning my creative process has completely evolved. I became more self-aware of my creative strengths and weaknesses, which the longer project timeframe allowed me to do.”
“My biggest lesson was in creating a meaningful creative process, rather than being solely concerned with the end result,” she says. “In realising this, I feel that I now have a much healthier relationship with my artistic practice.”
Vili says she too gained confidence and a deeper understanding of herself and her abilities. “I’m able to trust my creative decisions a lot more than I used to. I also have a deeper understanding of and respect for Polynesian concepts, customs and artistic practices.”
Both Vili and Collins encourage other creative practitioners to undertake the Master of Creative Practice.
“It’s a great opportunity to have the time, space and support to fully delve into your creative practice,” Collins says. “It significantly helped me to build confidence as a creative, establish a meaningful creative process, focus my long-term creative ambitions and contextualise my artistic practice. It will inspire me for years to come.”

Trade – UK FTA ‘Back to the Future’

Source: EMA

Today’s announcement of a comprehensive new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United Kingdom will offer some welcome variation in market access to New Zealand exporters, say the EMA.
“It’s great news for many of our export members, particularly in the horticulture, wine and honey sectors. The dropping of 97% of all tariffs from day one is a major success and the access to new investment in both direction is also significant,” says Chief Executive, Brett O’Riley.
“I don’t think New Zealand would have had this level of free access into the UK since before the UK first went into the then European Economic Community (EEC) back in 1973. That was a black day for many exporters, but this announcement is a bit ‘Back to the Future’ in terms of access.”
New Zealand is just the second country to negotiate an FTA with the UK since Brexit with many tariffs being dropped immediately. There are exceptions in some areas of our agriculture exports.
“Those exceptions aren’t unexpected as they tend to be among the sticking points in most of our FTA negotiations. But there is still good news for the sheep and beef sectors with larger export quotas and the longer-term dropping of all tariffs on those exports.”
Mr O’Riley says the new agreement was an opportunity for exporters to look to another market with basically free access and to grow our exports to the UK, currently our seventh largest market.
About the EMA:
The EMA is New Zealand’s largest business service organisation dedicated to helping people and businesses grow. It offers advice, learning, advocacy and support for more than 7,400 businesses as members of the EMA, ExportNZ and The EMA’s Manufacturers Network. The EMA is part of the BusinessNZ Network and its territory spans the upper North Island. The EMA also offers many of its services nationally to member businesses, and through its partners.  

Trade – DCANZ Welcomes High Quality UK-New Zealand FTA Dairy Outcomes

Source: DCANZ

The Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand (DCANZ) is welcoming the agreement in-principle of the United Kingdom – New Zealand free trade agreement (FTA).
“Reaching a point of complete elimination of all dairy tariffs five-years after entry-into-force will make this a high-quality FTA” says DCANZ Chairman Malcolm Bailey. “This is the ambition we expect for an FTA with a developed OECD economy, and the UK has now set the bar”.
The agreement will also provide new trade opportunities for New Zealand dairy exporters from day one. All dairy products except butter and cheese reach the point of duty free trade over three years. For butter and cheese, DCANZ is pleased to see the agreement include transitional quotas which will provide for some duty-free trade during the 5-year tariff elimination period. New Zealand cheese exporters will have access to a tariff free quota which starts at 24,000 tonnes and grows to 48,000 tonnes over the five-year period. For butter, a duty-free quota with a starting volume of 7,000 tonnes grows to 15,000 tonnes over the 5-year period.
“The New Zealand and UK trade ministers and their negotiating teams must be congratulated for this outcome. They have overcome significant challenges in carrying out a negotiation amidst COVID-19 related travel disruption to deliver an outstanding outcome in a relatively short amount of time.”
While DCANZ is still digesting the full detail of the in-principle agreement, its initial assessment is that it will diversify trade opportunities for New Zealand dairy exporters. The UK is the world’s second largest dairy import market. However, the EU has been the dominant source of UK dairy imports due to the duty-free terms it has enjoyed since 1973. In contrast New Zealand dairy products have faced out of quota tariffs around 45% for butter and cheese. New Zealand supplied less than 1% of UK dairy imports in 2020.
“This agreement will provide a long-awaited level playing field for New Zealand dairy exports to the UK market” says Bailey. “UK consumers will benefit from the choice of high-quality and sustainably produced New Zealand dairy product.”
The UK is walking the talk of trade liberalisation. It is the first G7 country to match longstanding political rhetoric in support of removing barriers and distortions from global agricultural markets, with actual comprehensive agricultural tariff elimination in its trade arrangements.
The UK’s delivery of comprehensive agricultural tariff elimination in its FTAs with both New Zealand and Australia contrasts starkly with the maintenance of trade limiting dairy tariff fortresses by the EU, US, Japan and Canada.
“We encourage the EU to look to the UK as an example to be followed in its current bilateral negotiation with New Zealand” says Bailey.
DCANZ is also looking forward to the timely advancement of the UK’s accession process for CPTPP agreement.