European Union –New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and other trade negotiations

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European Union –New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and other trade negotiations

Come along to our free event to hear from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on negotiations for a European Union–New Zealand free trade agreement, and other trade negotiations.

  • Find out what the European Union – New Zealand free trade agreement means for New Zealand and where negotiations are at.
  • Get an update on other trade agreements under negotiation or consideration.
  • Ask questions, share your views, and hear what others are thinking.

The presentation will be followed by plenty of time for questions and answers, networking and refreshments.

Our shared history and values make the European Union (made up of 28 member states) a close and like-minded trade partner for New Zealand. A modern free trade agreement with the EU is a chance to deepen that partnership, deliver significant economic gains, and agree on high standards in areas that New Zealanders care about, like the environment and labour standards. Information on the EU-NZ FTA can be found on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website at:


Mark Trainor, Principal Adviser, Trade and Economic Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Mark is currently the Principal Advisor in the Trade & Economic Group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  His responsibilities include leadership of complex and sensitive trade policy issues, maintaining coherence across New Zealand’s negotiating positions and contributing to people development.  Current areas of focus include the Digital Economic Partnership Agreement (DEPA) negotiations, leveraging the OECD to help achieve concrete and meaningful actions following the March 2019 Christchurch attacks and evolving work on New Zealand’s priorities for its year as APEC host in 2021. Mark was also until recently New Zealand’s Lead Negotiator for two FTAs: the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the bilateral FTA negotiations with India. 

Prior to taking up his current role Mark was New Zealand’s Ambassador to Brazil, from 2008 to the end of 2011.  Before that, he led the Goods Unit in the Ministry’s Trade Negotiations Division, including a focus on the Doha Round negotiations on Non-Agriculture Market Access, work on a number of New Zealand’s FTA negotiations in the period 2002-2008, and he led for New Zealand in several important WTO accessions negotiations.  He was also responsible for the Ministry’s work on Sanitary and Phytosanitary, Technical Barriers to Trade and Government Procurement issues.  Prior to that Mark had postings in Tokyo, Geneva (during the conclusion of the Uruguay Round and first years of the WTO) and Manila.

Mark has a MA in History (First Class), Bachelor’s degree in History and Zoology and certificates of proficiency from Victoria University in economics.  His personal interests include music, reading, and fishing (but with rare success). He speaks Portuguese and basic French.

John Riley, Unit Manager, Trade Policy Engagement Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

John heads the newly-established Trade Policy Engagement Unit tasked with helping the government respond to New Zealanders’ concerns and interests on trade agreements.

Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade in 2000, John’s assignments have included a four-year stint within the Trade Negotiations Division where he worked on tariff negotiations both in the context of Non-agricultural Market Access in the WTO Doha Round and several of New Zealand’s FTAs.

He has also completed a diplomatic posting in London and two postings in Seoul. John speaks Te Reo Māori and Korean fluently.

August 8th 5:30pm to 7pm Please register your attendance directly with

Posted: Wednesday 26 June 2019