The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated by nine countries:
The United States,
The Prime Minister says the government wants a TPPA that would eliminate all tariffs.
"TPP participants already take 38 per cent of our exports," he said.
"A comprehensive, 21st century agreement would provide many opportunities for New Zealand businesses.
"Forecasts suggest the gains for New Zealand could be as high as 1.4 per cent of GDP, roughly $US2.9 billion ($NZ3.5b)."
However, problems with the TPPA Negotiation Process:
Beginning on 7 April 2014 the Indian elections will see 800 million people taking part in the largest election in human history. 930,000 polling stations across the country will be fitted with electronic voting machines.
This short video is introduced by Professor Sunil Khilnani, Director of King’s College India Institute
The Indian elections, the world’s biggest democratic exercise, will take place over nearly six weeks beginning on 7 April, and counting votes on 16 May. More than 800 million voters are eligible to cast ballots at 930,000 polling booths to elect a new 543-seat lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha (House of the People) and decide who will lead the vast emerging economic power over a five-year term.
The two main parties are:
Bharatiya Janata Party BJP (right-wing, nationalist) Chairperson: Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi, the main opposition candidate, has emphasised his Hindu nationalist credentials by announcing he…Read
Justice Minister Judith Collins admitted she hadn't told the full story about her visits to milk exporter Oravida in China, a company which her husband is a director of. Collins is under fire after being forced to admit that she attended the dinner in Beijing at which her friend Stone Shi, Oravida's founder, and Julia Xu, the milk company's managing director, were also in attendance.
The Minister was on a taxpayer-funded visit to China at the time.
New Zealanders will go to the polls on September 20 for a general election, prime minister John Key said on Monday. Under the New Zealand system, the prime minister gets to choose the date for the election, which is held every three years.
Opinion polls indicate Key's conservative National Party remains the most popular single party and is well placed to win a third consecutive term.