Hundreds of trade negotiators are about to descend on Auckland.
The city's to host the next round of talks on the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade deal with meetings running from December 3 to December 12.
500 negotiators from 11 countries are to attend the 15th round of the TPP talks.
The Government says it will help New Zealand businesses increase their trade and investment opportunities.
But domestic opponents fear a deal could see controversial changes to copyright, intellectual property rights and also compromise the role of PHARMAC