Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 3:55 pm
Press Release: Office of the Clerk

Public submissions are now being invited on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill. The closing date for submissions is Friday 22 July 2016.

Submissions should cover the purpose and specific provisions of the bill.

The bill seeks to amend New Zealand law as part of the implementation of the free trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. A number of legislative and regulatory amendments would be required to align New Zealand’s domestic law with certain obligations in the Agreement to enable New Zealand to ratify it.

The legislative amendments introduced by the bill would not come into effect until the Agreement came into force for New Zealand.

The committee noted that consistent with Standing Orders the committee has until 12 November 2016 to hear evidence, consider the bill and report the bill to the House.

A copy of the bill can be viewed online at

Submissions should be forwarded by the due date, either online using our website ( or in writing to the address below. If a submitter wishes to appear before the committee, they need to state this clearly and provide a name, daytime phone number and email address. Submissions generally become public and are published on our website. For further guidance on making a submission, read our publication Making a submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee on our website or contact us at 04 817 9520.