The Red Meat Sector conference began yesterday with the country’s Chief trade negotiator saying it is the “end of the golden weather” for New Zealand’s trade policy is over and things are going to get harder. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Secretary Vangelis Vitalis says he is still optimistic NZ has the right strategy to manage the challenges. He told the Red Meat Conference that the “golden weather” started in 1995 with the World Trade Organisation allowing NZ to take other countries to court for not fulfilling their obligations and it worked. He says protectionism declined – but is now back up and rising. Vangelis Vitalis NZ will have to be more creative and start thinking about how the country can work in coalition with groups of economies to break down barriers. He is confident the red meat sector has the resilience to get through it.