It’s not often that this blog talks about politics. In our world, it is what it is. And that doesn’t matter whether we are dealing with the US, China, the UK or Australia. Today however, we will nail our colours firmly to the mast. Wharf42 strongly supports the signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership in Auckland today.

In New Zealand, opposition to the TPP has focused strongly on how the United States might leverage the Partnership to its advantage. A small number of prominent academics, lawyers and other wordsmiths have digested, ingested and generally gauged out on the Partnership’s provisions.

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Leveraging the TTP opportunity. Getting shit done.

Our view is slightly less esoteric. Consider firstly just who else will be signing up today: Singapore, Brunei, Australia, Chile, Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mexico, Canada and Japan. Longer term, potential members who have indicated an interest include Columbia, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea and Indonesia. What am I missing?

The TPP will create New Zealand’s largest free trade area. The agreement will reduce 18,000 tariffs. For the disaffected, tariffs on all U.S. manufactured goods and almost all U.S. farm products will be eliminated completely, with most eliminations occurring immediately.

I am privileged to work out of Tauranga. When I look at the amazing Kiwi exporters who call the Bay of Plenty home, the focus right now is on leveraging the opportunities that eliminated tariffs, open markets and free trade will offer. They are getting shit done.

I think of my co-founders in WNT Ventures. Steve Saunders from Plus Group and Ian Macrae from TiDA. They are doing unbelievable stuff offshore.

Today, I am in Auckland. One mile away in a few hours’ time, the hikoi will have its moment in the sun and Sky City patrons will no doubt have to find new ways to access their domain. For the rest of us, it will be business as usual.

The TPP provides New Zealand with free trade access to many of our key APEC markets. Denying New Zealand’s entrepreneurs and major businesses with access to that market is beyond comprehension. It would be economic suicide. Therefore Wharf42 applauds John Key, Tim Groser and the MFAT negotiating team for bringing our TPP trading partners to Auckland today.

The future looks bright. It’s now down to business to make this happen.