Tag Archive: Trade

We don’t get to complain about the tariffs

US President Donald Trump has given exemptions to his steel and aluminium tariffs to US allies like Mexico, Canada, Australia and the EU, but New Zealand was not on that list.

Trade Minster David Parker said it “belies our strong positive relationship.”

There were also people on Radio New Zealand this morning complaining about it.

And, when I hear these complaints about the tariffs, I just don’t think we have a right to complain about them.

They’re the USA. We’re New Zealand. They’re a world super power. We are a few islands in the south pacific.

The US owes us nothing.

And don’t get me wrong, we should absolutely push to get an exemption from the tariffs.

But, we don’t really have a lot to offer them, and I think it’s unlikely we will get an exemption.

Andrew Falloon – Meet the Newbies

Episode eight of Meet the Newbies! In this 11 minute podcast with Andrew Falloon, the new National MP for Rangitata, I talk with Andrew about the importance of Trade, it’s importance to the regions, and how to bring people along with you for policies.

COMING UP ON MONDAY: I speak with Paul Eagle, new MP for Rongotai, former deputy mayor of Wellington about his admiration for the Incredible Hulk.

Rangitata’s National MP Andrew Falloon