Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


NZ and South American more or less neighbours

Hon Jim Anderton

Minister of Agriculture, Minister for Biosecurity, Minister of Fisheries, Minister of Forestry
Associate Minister of Health,
Associate Minister for Tertiary Education,
Minister Responsible for Public Trust

Progressive Leader

19th September 2006 Press release

New Zealand and South American more or less neighbours

Minister of Agriculture, Jim Anderton met with Luis Guedes Pinto, the Brazilian Minister of Agriculture to discuss bilateral and multilateral issues of agricultural interests before both Ministers go to Australia to attend the CER and Cairns Group meetings in Australia over the next two days. Jim Anderton said it was time to reinvent our economic relationship with countries like Brazil, Chile and Argentina which have traditionally been framed by competition between agricultural exporting nations.

"In my meetings with Minister Pinto, and on a recent trip to Chile meeting with the agriculture, foreign and economic ministers, I offered a new vision of working together for the benefit of us all. The concept was well received. The way I see it, we either compete in a race to the bottom with the developing world, or we develop cooperative relationships with these countries to bring their production into our own supply arrangements which, in turn, will bolster our leverage in foreign markets. Brazil is a WTO member in the powerful G6 group (with the EU, US, India, Japan and Australia) where decisions will be made affecting New Zealand's trade relations.

"Despite having an ocean between us, New Zealand and South America are more or less neighbours with more in common than much of the rest of the world. The Latin Americans are much like New Zealanders, warm, generous with a similar laid-back sense of humour," Jim Anderton said.

"If Fonterra and our agribusinesses are to grow to meet world market demand, we will have to work in partnership with other countries. Fonterra appears to be doing an excellent job of developing the skills, expertise and infrastructure in Chile, Argentina and Brazil to ensure this development is sustainable and supports New Zealand’s wider trading interests. New Zealand is, in many ways, only scratching the surface of Latin America’s potential.

Brazilian Minister Luis Guedes Pinto said there was growing interest in New Zealand by Brazilians and he was keen to work with New Zealand in a cooperative way.

"Brazil has a highly developed bio ethanol production industry where 40 per cent of fuel used in our cars is bio ethanol. In 2006, we will produce 17 billion litres of ethanol, of which 13.5 billion is used in internal consumption. This year, we will produce 800 million litres of bio diesel. We want to share our experiences of fuel production with New Zealand. The impact of producing and using this fuel is very positive on our economy and has generated new jobs, higher incomes and is much better for the environment," Luis Guedes Pinto said.

"My vision is for the agricultural producing nations of the Southern Hemisphere to join forces to take on the wealthy and emerging markets of the Northern Hemisphere, and work together to erode the trade barriers that subsidise Northern Hemisphere farming. We have a lot in common. New Zealand has one of the most efficient agricultural systems in the world and can help Brazil in the area of agri-research," Jim Anderton concluded.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election