New Zealand trade strategy and evolving
Asian-Pacific regional economic architecture.

This research project set out to answer three questions with regard to the evolution of New Zealand’s preferential trading arrangements (PTAs) in the Asia Pacific.

First, it asked whether there was evidence that the strategy was a clear and authoritative guide to policymakers’ behaviour.

Second, it sought to determine whether New Zealand policymakers engaged ‘like-minded’ policymakers in other countries to participate in the strategy.

Finally, it asked whether New Zealand policymakers had adhered consistently over time to the priorities set out in the strategy. This final report demonstrates that there is strong or partial evidence for a positive answer to each of these questions.