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August 8, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

| Free

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


Venue: The Orchard Business & Event Hub, 35 Walton St, Whangarei 

Date: Thursday 8 August

Time: 5.30pm

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: www.mfat.govt.nz/en/trade/free-trade-agreements/agreements-under-negotiation/eu-fta/



Ali Hamilton, Lead Adviser, Trade Negotiations Division,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade

Ali Hamilton is the Deputy Lead Negotiator for the EU-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.


Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade in 2014, Ali has worked in the Trade Negotiations Division where she has served as chapter lead negotiator for services and investment issues in several of New Zealand’s FTA negotiations. Ali joined MFAT after working in commercial law.

Charlotte Frater, Lead Adviser, Trade Negotiations Division,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade


Charlotte’s current role in the Trade Negotiations Division is focused on WTO reform policy and the Government’s inclusive trade agenda.   She has recently returned from Geneva where she was a negotiator and legal adviser at the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the WTO, leading New Zealand’s engagement on services, dispute settlement and trade and environment issues.     Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade in 2004, Charlotte has also served as a Senior Legal Adviser in the Trade Law Unit working on WTO disputes and as Legal Counsel for a number of New Zealand’s FTAs.   She has also served as legal counsel to the New Zealand delegation to the United Nations Climate Change negotiations, and worked on international environmental law and United Nations and commonwealth issues more broadly.  Her first posting was in New Caledonia.   Charlotte speaks fluent French.



August 8, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The Orchard Business & Event Hub
Level one, Cnr Cameron & Walton St, Entrance off Walton St, via carpark Whangarei, Select a State: 0110 New Zealand + Google Map

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