Prime Minister John Key has hit back at opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal after mass protests around the country on Saturday.
The TPPA is a proposed free trade agreement currently being negotiated between New Zealand and other Pacific Rim countries.
Speaking on TVNZ's Breakfast this morning Mr Key slammed the logic of TPPA opponents.
These people literally want me to put up a fence around New Zealand- John Key
"How is New Zealand going to get rich selling things to each other?
"These people literally want me to put up a fence around New Zealand and and say we're going to get weathly doing things with each other when there are billions of middle income consumers wanting to buy our products."
Mr Key went on the say: "If having a free trade deal with the United States isn't a good idea then by definition having a free trade deal with Australia, China or Korean is not a good idea."
Hitting back at criticism of the secrecy surrounding the TPPA negotiations Mr Key said: "Name a single free trade agreement done in public".
The Prime Minister tried to calm opponents' fears about several aspects of the TPPA.
He said New Zealand isn't "about to rip up a free trade deal with China."