Election 2014 - Party Policies - Foreign Policy

Election 2014 - Party Policies - Foreign Policy

Foreign Policy

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  • Oppose New Zealand involvement in United States-led coalition military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan (but support UN peace-building there); and oppose any intelligence assistance to these wars by closing down the satellite communications interception station at Waihopai.
  • Support a Comprehensive Nuclear Weapons Convention in which all nuclear weapon states accept a binding legal obligation to eliminate all nuclear weapons from their national arsenals, in negotiated phases leading to total elimination by 2020.
  • Support reducing the indebtedness of poor countries including the cancellation of 'odious debt' that should never have been granted.
  • Increase New Zealand's ODA budget to 0.7% of GNI within four years.
  • Endorse an objective of a sustainable global population level and work to achieve that goal and ensure that our ODA programme on population planning activities is doubled and designed to meet the needs of poor countries in family planning and reproductive health services. (more here)

  • Further develop our strategic relationships in keeping with the evolving multipolar world, strengthening relationships with our traditional allies and developing our newer ones.
  • Reinvigorate our commitment to multilateralism and participate fully in the reform of multilateral institutions, such as the United Nations, including to remove the veto power for the permanent members of the Security Council.
  • Revisit trade relationships and development assistance with a view to creating sustainable industries in Pacific nations, protecting the environment as well as meeting Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Work with Fiji and other Pacific neighbours to promote democratic rule, equity, good governance and respect for human rights.
  • Develop an international human rights strategy and provide additional support to our participation in human rights fora, particularly at a regional level. (more here)

  • Make New Zealand’s support for the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples unconditional.
  • Withdrawal of New Zealand military from all countries where they are engaged in combat or supporting roles for externally instigated wars.
  • Terminate all current negotiations for free trade and investment agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
  • Require any foreign investment to satisfy a Tiriti impact assessment and approval from mana whenua.
  • A ‘Hone Heke’ tax to restrict speculation on the New Zealand dollar that makes investors rich while destabilizing the New Zealand economy. (more here)

  • We support immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan.
  • We seek to bring the activity associated with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples permanently to Aotearoa. (more here)

  • Use a term on the UN Security Council to enhance NZ’s reputation.
  • Maintain the extraordinary trajectory of trade growth with China and ensure that it is underpinned by strong diplomatic relations, growing sporting and cultural links
  • Boost foreign language training for the next generation of Kiwis by investing an extra $10 million over four years to increase the provision of Asian languages in schools.
  • Strengthen traditional relationships with Australia, the UK and Canada, and enhance the new partnership that has been constructed with the US.
  • Maintain a focus on the Pacific with over 60% of the development budget committed to our region. (more here)

  • Further review the level of Overseas Development Assistance and its global allocation, and ensure that it is focused on facilitating priority projects, and the alleviation of poverty, particularly in the Pacific region.
  • Provide the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with the proper resources to promote New Zealand’s trade interests internationally.
  • Remain strongly committed to New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy.
  • Continue to advocate against the exploitation of Antarctica and for the cessation of all whaling.
  • Ensure that intelligence gathering is subject to greater and more transparent Parliamentary control. (more here)

  • Monitor and fulfil New Zealand’s obligations under human rights conventions.
  • Continue to work towards the Millennium Development Goals and The International Development Targets.
  •  Establish overseas aid at 0.5% of GDP immediately and reach the accepted international millennium goal of 0.7% by 2020.
  • Promote reform of the United Nations through broadening the membership of the Security Council, and the abolition of the veto.
  • Support the right to self-determination of the people of Taiwan and Tibet. (more here)

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