In early November 2019, New Zealand and China agreed to strengthen their free trade agreement. China has agreed to relax restrictions on New Zealand imports, commit to environmental standards and give NCBs preferential access to its trade in wood and paper. In exchange, New Zealand agreed to relax visa restrictions for Chinese travel guides and Chinese language teachers.   The agreement means that the Labour Party and the Greens can now advance their policies, on which they have agreed, but not New Zealand First. In early December, Education Minister Chris Hipkins introduced the Education and Training Act 2019. The omnibus law aims to ease restrictions on teachers who use violence, make religious education optional and focus more on the Waitangi Treaty. The bill passed its first reading with the support of the Labour Party and its coalition partners, NZ First and the Greens, but was rejected by the national parties and ACT.  In addition, Prime Minister Ardern announced that the government would invest $400 million in the development of school real estate, with each school awarded between $50,000 and $400,000 depending on the school`s role.  This blog is now updated and is September 25, 2020. Thank you to everyone who helped us find the agreements. Figure 1, just below, gives an overview of the length of each chord. A pdf copy of each agreement can be seen in the tables below.
Ardern says the agreement allows the parties to “take their own positions” and end a coalition. On June 10, 2019, Prime Minister Ardern, Foreign Minister Peters and Defence Minister Ron Mark announced that the New Zealand government would withdraw New Zealand forces from Iraq in June 2020. The New Zealand Defence Force had sent a Building Partner Capacity (BPC) combat organization to help Australian forces train Iraqi security forces at the Taji Military Complex in Iraq to support the US-led coalition`s efforts in the fight against Islamic State forces in Iraq.  The number of NZ military personnel would be reduced from 95 to 75 by July 2019 and by 45 from January 2020.  However, NZDF personnel would remain in Afghanistan for at least an additional 18 months. Prime Minister Ardern also announced that he will reduce NZDF`s staff in Afghanistan from 13 to 11 by March 2020.  While National cautiously supported the government`s policy, the party`s defence spokesman, Mark Mitchell, expressed concern that the withdrawal from Iraq was premature.  It turned out to be the responsibility of Greens co-chair James Shaw, who became minister of confidence statistics and the Greens` supply agreement with Labour.