WTO notification of CPTPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

The impetus for the Trans-Pacific Partnership began in 2005 involving Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore.

In 2008, President George W. Bush announced that the United States would begin trade talks with the group, with  Australia, Vietnam, and Peru  also joining.  The group continued to expand with Canada, Japan, Malaysia, and Mexico being added later.

The participating countries came to an agreement in October 2015 and signed the pact in early 2016.

When Donald trump became president in January 2017 he withdrew the US from the agreement, but the remaining eleven countries proceeded without them. In six days it will start to come into force.

Agreement name: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Type: Free Trade Agreement & Economic Integration Agreement

Date of signature: 08-Mar-2018

Date of notification: 20-Dec-2018

Dates of entry into Force: 30 December 2018 for Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and 14 January 2019 for Viet Nam. For the rest of the Parties, entry into force would be in accordance with Article 3 (Entry into Force), paragraph 2, of the CPTPP.

Current (and original) signatories: Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; Japan; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Peru; Singapore; Viet Nam


Work towards the TPP began in new Zealand under Helen Clark’;s Labour led Government, continued under John Key’s National led Government, and was finalised under Jacinda Ardern’s Labour loed Government (with National’s support).


  1. artcroft

     /  December 24, 2018

    Right I’m off to set cars on fire, block roads and disorder the civil system. Follow me comrades! …. comrades?…ah guys?

    • Gezza

       /  December 24, 2018

      Sorry – can’t help !

      I’m at the airport trying to help hold back floods of bloody immigrants from shit-hole countries !

      Bloody Peters ! 😡

    • Duker

       /  December 24, 2018

      Thats the French … the closest we got to civil unrest was an Mp driving his tractor up the steps of parliament.
      Even in normal times the French are in semi revolution…close a large factory and the workers will hold management hostage.

      Peters making an election issue about students/work visas has led to national scaling back the numbers and the new government has tightened things up as well- most notable results are more people leaving who were already here but not eligible for residency. As well those arranged marriages with certain groups are in limbo as they were rife with corruption. As well now INZ has the money to deport those whose visas expired, that wasnt the case under national

      • Gezza

         /  December 24, 2018

        Didn’t we have some rugby tour that went a bit pear-shaped once?

      • High Flying Duck

         /  December 24, 2018

        You’re forgetting that time the subversive dissident Dave Dobbyn rallied the people to stand up to their oppressors and take back their slice of heaven by rioting down Queen St.
        The brutal political establishment soon quashed that uprising and we have been under their thumb ever since.

        • PartisanZ

           /  December 24, 2018

          You are all forgetting, and SHOULD learn some more about NZ history … yes I mean SHOULD …

          “The message delivered to the Red Federation by the brutal suppression of the [November 1912] Waihi [miners] strike [in which Fred Evans was murdered] was unmistakable. Militancy from the workers would be answered by violence from the state.

          Michael Rudd, leader of the ‘company union’ whose members now occupied the union hall, had drawn up a list of the families to be expelled from Waihi. For their own and their children’s safety, unionists whose names appeared on that list had no choice but to get out of town.

          After this [22nd October 1913] locking-out of the Wellington watersiders, events unfolded according to the grim logic of class conflict … the watersiders and shipwrights were eager to bring the standoff to an end. The employers, however, were having none of it … for the next two months they [workers] would battle their employers and the cockies state that protected them [Massey’s ‘Specials’] amid scenes of increasing violence and lawlessness. The streets of Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch would echo to the sounds of riot and rebellion …

          Between 22 October and 29 December 1913, says Belich, New Zealand came closer to class war than at any other time in its history’ … the events of 1912 – 13 were pivotal to securing the political, economic and social hegemony of ‘Dr. Farmer’:

          “If blood be the price of your accursed wealth: Good God we have bought it fair”

          – Chris Trotter, ‘No Left Turn’, “Smashing the Unions: Round One”

          • Gezza

             /  December 24, 2018

            I’ve still got that book upstairs. I thought I’d given it to someone else to read. Probably should. There’s a lot of good history in that book.

            • PartisanZ

               /  December 24, 2018

              “Trotter pulls no punches in describing the methods these partisans of profit used to ensure there was no Left turn: jamming radio broadcasts, political arson – even murder. From Massey’s Cossacks to Muldoon’s Riot Squads, violence and repression have been their weapons.” – Back cover

              “The clear and direct links between the government, the police, the armed forces, the Employers Federation and the Farmers Union similarly anticipates the close cooperation between political actors, military officers, law enforcement personnel, big business and rural reactionaries which facilitated the rise of the fascist dictators” – pg 90

              It’s our history, a matter of considerable record and documentation, though much of it scarcely inspires pride.

            • Gezza

               /  December 24, 2018

              Oh yeah. I know, it all really happened. Most people don’t have a clue how viciously workers were treated by the government in this country in the past.

  2. PartisanZ

     /  December 24, 2018

    A nice balance to the UN’s migration compact … Indeed, its corollary …

    But if we riot here it’ll be over the migration … not the ‘trade’ … Too damn late for that!