New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa

Archive of inter-parliamentary visits: 2016

Parliament plays an important role in bringing together different political voices that characterise a healthy democracy and this also applies internationally with New Zealand engaging with other countries at a parliamentary level. Global connections and mutual understanding are formed with our members undertaking bilateral visits to other parliaments and our Parliament hosting a range of international delegations each year. These visits include official Guests of Parliament, bilateral, and study visits going both ways.

Bilateral visits also serve to strengthen the capability of our own Parliament, while promoting New Zealand to the world. Our democracy and Parliament are admired by many countries, in particular our select committee system and our innovative approaches to indigenous issues and gender equality. Visiting delegations learn about our parliamentary procedures and practice, observe debates and question time in action, and hear about our culture and history.

Inter-parliamentary visits to and from New Zealand 2016

Leader of delegation denoted by italics

Dates Inwards/
Event Delegates Related Documents
16 to 26
January 2016
Outwards 24th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) Vancouver, Canada
Parliamentary Visit to Ottawa
Lindsay Tisch MP,
Poto Williams MP,
Richard Prosser MP 

MPs broaden relationships in the Asia Pacific region
9 to 14
January 2016 
Outwards  Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth Sabah, Malaysia Rt Hon David Carter MP,  Speaker  Speaker to represent New Zealand at Commonwealth Conference
14 to 17 March Outwards International Parliamentary Conference on Sustainability, Energy and Development, London Jonathan Young MP

15 to 17 March 2016 Outwards Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians Gareth Hughes MP

Parliamentarians gather in Zambia
15 to 24 March 2016 Outwards 134th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Bilateral visit to South Africa Hon Annette King MP
Tracey Martin MP
Andrew Bayly MP

Parliamentarians gather in Zambia
4 to 8 April 2016 Outwards 4th Pacific Women's Parliamentary Partnerships Forum, Apia, Samoa Poto Williams MP
Louisa Wall MP
Jo Hayes MP

Increasing women’s economic empowerment across the Pacific
5 to 7 April 2016 Inwards Hon Tony Smith, Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives Hon Tony Smith MP
Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Senator Catryna Bilyk
Graham Perrett MP

Australian Speaker of the House of Representatives to visit New Zealand
19 to 29 April 2016 Outwards Speaker's Delegation to Latin America (Mexico, Chile and Argentina) Rt Hon David Carter MP
Hon Maurice Williamson MP
Dr David Clark MP
Denise Roche MP
Mahesh Bindra MP

New Zealand Speaker’s Delegation to strengthen ties with Latin America
1 to 5 May 2016 Inwards Parliamentarians from the National Assembly of France Philippe Vitel, MP; President of the France-NZ Friendship Group, National Assembly, France
Jeanine Dubie MP
Jean-Paul Bacquet MP
Pascal Deguilhem MP

Delegation of Parliamentarians from the National Assembly of France to visit the New Zealand Parliament
4 to 6 May 2016 Outwards  Women in Parliaments Global Forum Annual Summit, Amman, Jordan Poto Williams MP New Zealand takes part in global women leaders’ forum in Jordan
8 to 11 May 2016 Inwards His Excellency Ismail Kahraman, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey H E Ismail Kahraman MP, Speaker
Sema Kirci MP
Fehmi Kupcu MP
Tufan Kose MP
Mihrimah Belma Satir MP
Cengiz Aydogdu MP
Halis Dalkilic MP
Hamza Dag MP
Ahmet Hamdi Camli MP
Omer Suha Aldan MP
Mehmet Erdogan MP

Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly to visit the New Zealand Parliament
29 May to 4 June 2016 Outwards Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Canada Branch Parliamentary Seminar, Ottawa, Canada Jacqui Dean MP Parliamentarians work towards strengthening democracy in Ottawa seminar
28 June to 1 July 2016 Inwards Pacific Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Mentoring Programme, Wellington Hon Jilila Kumar MP
Hon Ro Teimumu Kepa MP
Hon Va'ainga Tukuitonga MP
Hon Joan Viliamu MP
Faaulusau Rosa Duffy-Stowers MP
Sipola Havili
Dr Puakena Boreham MP

Women from across the Pacific come together in New Zealand to create long-term support networks
6 to 9 July 2016 Inwards Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Akbar Khan Visit to New Zealand by Akbar Khan, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
10 to 14 July 2016 Outwards 47th Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks, Nuku'alofa, Tonga Rt Hon David Carter MP, Speaker Regional Presiding Officers Conference in Tonga
11 to 14 July 2016 Outwards Australia New Zealand Scrutiny of Legislation Conference, Perth, Australia Andrew Bayly MP

Strengthening Parliamentary Scrutiny
25 to 28 July 2016 Outwards Commonwealth Parliamentary Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Project, Asia-Pacific Workshop, Brisbane, Australia Dr Shane Reti MP Dr Shane Reti MP participates in major parliamentary workshop on tackling cybersecurity
18 August 2016 Inwards Joint Parliamentary Select Committee on Delegated Legislation from Kenya Hon William Cheptumo Kipkiror MP, Chair on Delegated Authority, National Assembly, Kenya
Hon Mohamed Adan Huka MP
Hon William Kisang MP
Mr George Theuri MP
Hon Michael Kisoi Manthi MP
Hon Rachael Ameso Amollo MP
Senator Stephen Sang MP
Senator Godliver Omoni MP
Senator Judith Sijenyi MP
15 September 2016 Inwards Parliamentary Delegation from Indonesian People's Consultative Assembly, PCA (MPR-RI) Mr Mahyudin, Vice-Chairman of PCA, MP
Mr E.E. Mangindaan, Vice Chairman, PCA MP
Mr Agun Gunandjar Sudarsa, Head Golongan Karya Party faction, MP
Mr Irgan Chairul Mahfiz, Head Persatuan Pembangunan Party faction, MP
Mr Sarifuddin Sudding, Head Hati Nurani Rakyat Party faction, MP
Mr Idris Laena, Golongan Karya Party, MP
Mrs Agati Sulie, Golongan Karya Party, MP
Mr Matheus Stevi Pasimanjeku, House of Regional Representatives (DPD), MP

21 September 2016 Inwards Parliamentary Delegation from Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR-RI) Dr Agus Hermanto, Deputy Speaker

17 to 22 September 2016 Inwards Srimati Sumitra Mahajan, Hon. Speaker of the Lok Sabha, India Srimati Sumatra Mahajan, MP; Hon Speaker
Shri Prem Chand Gupta MP Rajya Sabha; 
Shri Prem Singh Chandumajra MP Lok Sabha;
Shri Deepender Singh Hooda MP Lok Sabha;  Shri C R Patil MP Lok Sabha;
Srimati Darshana Vikram Jardosh MP Lok Sabha;
Shri Padmakar Alias Anil Gulabrao Shirole MP Lok Sabha;
Shri Ranvijay Singh Judev MP Rajya Sabha;
Shri Vivek K Tankha MP Rajya Sabha;
Shri Anoop Mishra Secretary-General, Lok Sabha

India Speaker Visits New Zealand Parliament

Report on the Indian Speaker's visit September 2016

22 September 2016 Inwards Parliamentary Friendship Group delegation from Kuwait National Assembly Dr Khalil A.Ali, MP, Delegation Leader
Faisal S.Al Duwaisan, MP
Ahmad Lari, MP
7-8 October, 10 to 13 October 2016 Inwards Professor Dr Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag Prof Dr Norbert Lammert MP, Pres. Bundestag
Dr Johann Wadephul MP

German President of the Bundestag Press Release

German President of the Bundestag visits NZ

Prof Dr Lammert speaks at MMP 20th Anniversary event

Report on the German President of the Bundestag's visit October 2016

21-29 October 2016 Outwards

Speaker's Delegation to China:
Shanghai, Kunming, Beijing and Hohhot

Rt Hon David Carter MP, Speaker
Ian McKelvie MP
Stuart Nash MP
Pita Paraone MP
Eugenie Sage MP
+ Business Delegation (8)


14 to 19 November 2016 Inwards Pacific Parliamentary Forum 41 MPs -
American Samoa,
Cook Islands,
French Polynesia,
New Caledonia,
Marshall Islands,
Papua New Guinea,
Solomon Islands,
Wallis and Futuna

Pacific Parliamentary Forum Press Release

Pacific Parliamentary Forum Information and Photo Gallery
12-20 November 2016 Inwards American Council of Young Political Leaders Exchange (ACYPL) Hon Chris Clark, California;
Hon Eli Evankovich, Pennsylvania; 
Hon Christina Hagan, Ohio; 
Jacopo Namari, Washington DC; 
Greg Saphier, Washington  DC; 
Hon Catie Sheehan, Illinois; 
Hon Mandy Powers Norrell, South Carolina; ACYPL Escort

 ACYPL Press Release
19 to 25 November 2016 Outwards Australian Political Exchange Led by Fletcher Tabuteau, MP
Australian Political Exchange Press Release
4 to 9 December 2016 Inwards Australian Political Exchange Sam Duluk MP, South Australia; 
James Connor, NSW; 
Andrew Hallam, Victoria (Federal); 
David Kitchen, Victoria; 
Jessica Malnersic, NSW; 
Nathan Ruhle, Queensland
 Australian Political Exchange Press Release