Behind the smiles and the scenic backdrops there are serious issues on the table when Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern meet in Queenstown this weekend.
Despite some public virtue signalling, the Canadian government is not doing all it can to improve global access to COVID-19 vaccines. Canada has yet to announce its position on the WTO patent waiver.
The process will take months, if it's even approved. But just the threat of waiving intellectual property rights could spur faster action.
Pfizer and Moderna are expected to make billions in revenue this year. It's time all vaccine producers share their IP, data and know-how with the rest of the world.
Both sides can make a case, but they might not get the chance.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's appointment as the first woman and the first African director general of the World Trade Organisation is a win for women globally.
Closer political ties between Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau likely means a more constructive and co-operative approach to solving challenges between the two countries in the agri-food sector.
British shoppers won't have seen any difference to the value of their pounds yet, but everything from baked beans to bargain holidays could be affected down the line.
New Zealand should recognise the high stakes and join the China-Australia WTO hearing as a third party.
For the UK to exit the EU on genuine Australian, no-deal or WTO terms, the British government would need to reject the WA/NIP. This now appears unlikely.
Australia and other governments refused to release the text until after it was signed on Sunday. It'll do little for Australian trade.
The TRIPS waiver makes COVID-19 treatments more accessible globally by enabling manufacture and distribution of COVID-19 drugs and medical supplies that would normally be protected by patents.
A Trump election loss would suit NZ's trade, climate and arms control foreign policies. But there will still be the problem of China.
An EU-UK trade deal will reinforce the certainty and continuity that South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Eswatini – plus Mozambique are seeking in their relationship with the UK.
It might simply be because of all of Australia's anti-dumping actions against China, or it might be an attempt to make Australia more malleable.
Africa accounts for nearly 27% of the World Trade Organisation's membership and 35% of members from developing countries, but an African has never run it.
The World Trade Organisation has thrown out the final legal challenge to Australia's tobacco plain packaging laws. Now countries across the world can implement this game-changing public health policy.
South Africa should use its remaining AGOA window to find other export markets and retool its economy - as US economic attitude towards Africa hardens.
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Researchers used advanced chemical analyses to study breastfeeding in some of the world's first farming communities.