New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa

Archive of inter-parliamentary visits: 2017

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 2017

Leader of delegation denoted by italics

  Dates Inwards/
Event Delegates Related Documents
  8 March 2017 Inwards Visit to New Zealand by the Public Accounts Committee, Sabah, Malaysia Y.B. Datuk Haji Ahmad Bujang
and delegates
   22 to 29 March 2017  Outwards Parliamentary Delegation to the European, Belgian and United Kingdom Parliaments. Hon Annette King MP,
Melissa Lee MP,
Tracey Martin MP

New Zealand MPs engage in European talks

Report of the New Zealand Parliamentary Delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Meeting with the European Parliament and bilateral visits to Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium, and London, United Kingdom 22-29 March 2017 J.2K
  1 to 4 May 2017 Inwards Visit to New Zealand by the Honourable Leaupepe Taimaaiono Toleafoa Faafisi
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Samoa
Hon. Leaupepe Taimaaiono Toleafoa Faafisi,
Toomata Aki Tuipea MP,
Leaana Ronnie Posini MP,
Toleafoa Ken Vaafausuaga Poutoa MP,
Faalogo Iosefa Sopi MP,
Samoan Speaker visits during 55th Anniversary Treaty of Friendship year

Report: Visit of Samoan Speaker to New Zealand
  10 May 2017 Inwards Visit to New Zealand by Maharashtra State Parliamentary Delegation, India

Hon Shri Haribahau Bagade, Speaker, Legislative Assembly
Hon Shri Ramraje Nail-Nimbalkar, Chairman of the Legislative Council

Hon Shri Manikrao Thakre, Deputy Chairman, MLC
Hon Shri Pandurang Fundkar, Minister for Agriculture & Horticulture
Dr Smt. Neelam Gorhe, MLC and Whip
Shri Sharad Ranpise, MLC and Group Leader
Shri Sanjay Dutt, MLC & Whip
Dr Anant Kalse, Principal Secretary, ML Secretariat
Shri Mahendra Kaj, Joint Secretary, MLC

Visit to New Zealand by Maharashtra State Parliamentary Delegation, India

  13 to 17 June 2017 Outwards Pacific Mission to Cook Islands, Niue, and Tonga Rt Hon Bill English  
  18 to 23 June 2017 Inwards Visit to New Zealand by Senate of the Republic delegation, Mexico

Senator Ana Gabriela Guevara Espinoza,
Senator Rosa Adriana Diaz Lizama
Senator Maria Elena Barrera
Senator Sonia Mendoza Diaz

Mexican Delegation Visit New Zealand
  2 to 7 July 2017 Outwards 48th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference, Sydney, Australia

Rt Hon David Carter MP
Hon Chester Borrows MP

Regional Speakers and Clerks of Parliament gather in Sydney

Report of the 48th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference

  23 to 28 July 2017 Inwards Visit to New Zealand by the House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia

Rick Wilson MP (Chair)
Justine Keay MP (Deputy Chair)
Rowan Ramsay MP
Dr John McVeigh MP

Report on the Visit of the House Standing Committee - Agriculture and Water Resources, Australia
  3 August 2017 Inwards Visit to New Zealand by Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh

Dr Dipu Moni MP (Chair)
Lt Col Muhammad Faruk Khan MP
Golam Faruk Khandakar Prince MP
Mohammed Suhrab Uddin MP
Razze Mohammad Fakrul MP
Salim Uddin MP

Report on Visit of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh
  27 August to 1 September 2017 Inwards Visit to New Zealand by Mr Urban Ahlin, Speaker of the Riksdag, Sweden

Urban Ahlin MP (Speaker)
Åsa Lindestam MP
Sven-Olof Sällström MP
Kathrin Flossing, Secretary General of the Riksdag

Report on Swedish Speaker's Visit to New Zealand

Shared values underpin “valuable relationship” with New Zealand - Swedish Speaker

  9-11 October 2017 Inwards Visit to New Zealand by the Electoral Matters Committee, Parliament of Victoria, Australia

Hon Louise Asher MP (Chair)
Ros Spence MP (Deputy Chair)
Lizzie Blandthorn MP
Hon Martin Dixon MP
Fiona Pattern MLC


  8-21 October 2017 Outwards

137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, St Petersburg, Russia and bilateral visits to Kuwait, Sweden, and Belgium

Rt Hon David Carter MP
Sarah Dowie MP
Peeni Henare MP

New Zealand’s interests promoted on the world stage from Kuwait to Sweden

  1-8 November 2017 Outwards

63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Rt Hon David Carter MP
Poto Williams MP
Priyanca Radhakrishnan MP

  13-17 November 2017 Outwards

66th Westminster Seminar, London, United Kingdom

Adrian Rurawhe MP
Andrew Bayly MP

New Zealand Parliamentarians connect with Commonwealth colleagues at a training seminar in Westminster
  14 November 2017 Inwards

Visit to New Zealand by the Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, India

Yunnan Khemchand MP,  Hon Speaker, Legislative Assembly

  23-24 November 2017 Outwards

The Inter-Parliamentary Study Programme for Deputy Speakers of Pacific Parliaments, Canberra, Australia

Hon Anne Tolley MP

Deputy Speakers from Pacific Region gather for professional development programme
  28-30 November 2017 Outwards

Women Political Leaders  Annual Global Summit 2017, Reykjavík, Iceland

Barbara Kuriger MP

  4-7 December 2017 Inwards Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Pacific Mentoring Programme

Hon Salote Radrodro MP (Fiji)
Hon Mona Ainu'u MP (Niue)
Hon Akosita Lavulavu MP (Tonga)
Hon Losaline Ma'asi MP (Tonga)

Pacific mentoring programme helps women MPs share experiences
  5 December 2017 Inwards Visit by Chairperson, Viet Nam Fatherland Front

H E Mr Tran Thanh Man, President of the Central Committee of the Fatherland Front of Viet Nam
Mr Phung Khanh Tai
Mr Tran Van Sinh
Mr Nguyen Anh Duc
Mr Tu Luong

  7-9 December 2017 inwards Tongan MPs Professional Development Programme Hon Akosita Lavulavu MP
Hon Losaline Ma'asi MP
  12 December 2017 Inwards Visit by Vice Chairperson, National People's Congress, China

Madam Yan Junqi, Vice Chairperson, Standing Committee, National People's Congress; President, Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAFIU)
Mr Liu Hongcai, Vice President, CAFIU
Ms Feng Keliang
Ms Xu Peijun
Mr Xu Qinsong
Mr Zhu Rui
Mr Zhu Yongxin
Mr He Zhigiang

  12-13 December 2017 Inwards Pacific Public Accounts Committees

Committee Members from the Parliaments of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga

  19 December 2017 Inwards Visit by Australia House of Representatives, Health, Aged Care and Sports Committee

Mr Trent Zimmerman MP
Mr Steve Georganas, MP