New Zealand ratified the TPP on 11 May 2017.  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attempt to renegotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in Vietnam in time, so that the government can prohibit foreign speculators from buying existing New Zealand homes. She said, “We believe it will be possible to reconcile our desire to ensure that we provide affordable housing by easing demand and prohibiting foreign speculators from buying existing homes while meeting our business objectives.”  In June 2015, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, Republican from Kentucky, rejected the law to expedite the ratification of the TPP by Congress on the basis of the secrecy of the trade agreement.  ISDS cannot ask governments to overturn local laws (contrary to the World Trade Organization) that violate trade agreements , but may award financial damages to investors affected by these laws.  As noted by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, isds requires specific infringements and does not allow companies to sue solely for “loss of profits.”  As with all New Zealand free trade agreements, the TPP has been the subject of parliamentary scrutiny. It was the final text of the agreement and an analysis of the national interest that was submitted to Parliament for consideration by the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. The commission published its [external link] report on 4 May 2016. Could the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) come back from the dead? This is at least a possibility after the publication last Sunday of a carefully worded statement at an APEC ministerial meeting in Vietnam. In the declaration, the agreement of the eleven remaining partners of the TPP, with the exception of… The TPP began as an extension of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPSEP or P4), signed in 2005 by Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore. Beginning in 2008, other countries agreed on a broader agreement: Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the United States and Vietnam, bringing the negotiation countries to twelve.
In January 2017, the United States withdrew from the agreement.  The other 11 TPP countries agreed to a relaunch in May 2017 and reached an agreement in January 2018. In March 2018, the 11 countries signed the revised version of the agreement, known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  After ratification by six of them (Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore), the agreement came into force on December 30, 2018. “This is another wake-up call for the United States,” said Wendy Cutler, vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute and a long-time U.S. trade agent who participated in the TPP negotiations. “Now you have two mega-agreements in the region, and both will lead to greater integration between the members of these different blocs.” The World Bank has found that the TPP agreement, if ratified by the signatories, could increase the average GDP of Member States by 1.1% by 2030. It could also increase member states` trade by 11% by 2030 and stimulate regional trade growth, which had slowed from about 10% in 1990 to about 5% on average in 1990.  The World Bank notes that the agreement will increase real wages in all signatory countries: “In the United States, for example, changes in real wages are expected to be low, with wages rising by 0.4 and 0.6% respectively by 2030.