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Inter-Parliamentary Organisations

The New Zealand Parliament participates in the activities of three key inter-parliamentary organisations: the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum. These are global or regional forums that bring together parliamentarians to discuss global issues, propose solutions to international developments, debate world events, and promote democratic ideals and practices.

Membership of these organisations provides opportunities for New Zealand members to engage with the international parliamentary community, contribute to global debates and solutions to international issues, to build networks, and to develop professionally. Participation also contributes to getting matters of importance to New Zealand and the Pacific Region on the global agenda.

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s (CPA) promotes the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance. The CPA has branches in most of the legislatures (at both national and sub-national level) in the Commonwealth, representing approximately 17,000 parliamentarians. 

Many CPA activities are regionally based and New Zealand is part of the Pacific Region which collaborates with the Australian Region in regular conferences and seminars. The New Zealand Parliament also provides the Secretariat for the CPA Pacific Region, based in the Parliamentary Relations Secretariat of the Office of the Clerk. The New Zealand Parliament has an active CPA Branch and a Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Group who meet regularly and facilitate different activities.

Members of the CPA New Zealand: Rt Hon Trevor Mallard (President), Clayton Mitchell (New Zealand Chairperson, CPA Executive Committee Pacific Representative), Kiritapu Allan, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Hon Maggie Barry, Andrew Bayly, Hon Paula Bennett, Chris Bishop, Simeon Brown, Rt Hon David Carter, Hon Judith Collins, Dr Liz Craig, Hon Kelvin Davis, Matt Doocey, Sarah Dowie, Golriz Ghahraman,  Hon Julie Anne Genter, Hon Paul Goldsmith, Jo Hayes, Harete Hipango, Hon Chris Hipkins, Brett Hudson, Raymond Huo, Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki, Hon Niki Kaye, Matt King, Barbara Kuriger, Melissa Lee, Denise Lee, Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Agnes Loheni, Jan Logie, Marja Lubeck, Hon Tim Macindoe, Jenny Marcroft, Kieran McAnulty, Ian McKelvie, Todd Muller, Simon O’Connor, Greg O’Connor, Rt Hon Winston Peters, Maureen Pugh, Willow-Jean Prime, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Dr Shane Reti, Dr Deborah Russell, Alastair Scott, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Hon Scott Simpson, Hon Aupito William Sio, Fletcher Tabuteau, Jan Tinetti, Hon Anne Tolley, Hon Louise Upston, Tim van de Molen, Hamish Walker, Louisa Wall, Angie Warren-Clark, Dr Duncan Webb, Hon Meka Whaitiri, Hon Poto Williams, Michael Wood.

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) is part of the CPA. It was formed to discuss ways to increase female representation in Parliament and work towards the mainstreaming of gender considerations in all CPA activities and programmes.

Members of the CWP New Zealand: Jo Hayes (CWP New Zealand Co-Chairperson), Louisa Wall (CWP New Zealand Co-Chairperson), Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki (CWP Pacific Chairperson), Kiritapu Allan, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Hon Maggie Barry, Hon Paula Bennett, Hon Judith Collins, Dr Liz Craig, Sarah Dowie, Golriz Ghahraman, Hon Julie Anne Genter, Hon Niki Kaye, Barbara Kuriger, Melissa Lee, Denise Lee, Agnes Loheni, Jan Logie, Marja Lubeck, Jenny Marcroft, Maureen Pugh, Willow-Jean Prime, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Dr Deborah Russell, Jan Tinetti, Hon Anne Tolley, Hon Louise Upston, Angie Warren-Clark, Hon Meka Whaitiri, Hon Poto Williams.

CWP  New Zealand Alumni: Hon Luamanuvao Dame Winne Laban, Lesley Soper, Sue Kedgeley, Hon Maryan Street, Professor Marilyn Waring, Carol Beaumont, Sandra Goudie, Judy Keall, Sue Moroney, Rt Hon Jenny Shipley.

Inter-Parliamentary Union

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), established in 1889, is an international organisation of parliaments of sovereign states. It currently has over 170 national parliaments as members. As a focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue, the IPU works for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative democracy.

The New Zealand Parliament participates in twice-yearly IPU assemblies, which are held in October and around Easter. The New Zealand IPU Group meets regularly and facilitates different activities.

Watch the New Zealand Delegation video report from the 140th IPU Assembly, Doha, April 2019. Source: Office of the Clerk. [Video duration: 5 min 09 sec]

Members of the IPU New Zealand: Rt Hon Trevor Mallard (President), Hon Anne Tolley MP (New Zealand Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson of the IPU Bureau of Women Parliamentarians), Rt Hon David Carter (Member of the IPU Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians), Kiritapu Allan, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Hon Maggie Barry, Andrew Bayly, Hon Paula Bennett, Chris Bishop, Simeon Brown, Hon Judith Collins, Dr Liz Craig, Hon Kelvin Davis, Matt Doocey, Sarah Dowie, Hon Julie Anne Genter, Hon Paul Goldsmith, Jo Hayes, Harete Hipango, Hon Chris Hipkins, Brett Hudson, Raymond Huo, Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki, Hon Niki Kaye, Matt King, Barbara Kuriger, Melissa Lee, Denise Lee, Hon Iain Lees-Galloway, Agnes Loheni, Jan Logie, Marja Lubeck, Hon Tim Macindoe, Jenny Marcroft, Kieran McAnulty, Ian McKelvie, Todd Muller, Simon O’Connor, Greg O’Connor, Rt Hon Winston Peters, Maureen Pugh, Willow-Jean Prime, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Dr Shane Reti, Dr Deborah Russell, Alastair Scott, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Hon Scott Simpson, Hon Aupito William Sio, Fletcher Tabuteau, Jan Tinetti, Hon Louise Upston, Tim van de Molen, Hamish Walker, Louisa Wall, Angie Warren-Clark, Dr Duncan Webb, Hon Meka Whaitiri, Hon Poto Williams, Michael Wood.

Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum

The Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF), established in 1992, acts to promote greater regional identification and cooperation, and supports other regional organisations including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group. Of particular focus for the APPF are issues of mutual interest such as trade and security in the region.   New Zealand was a founder country of the APPF, which now has 27 member countries. New Zealand attends annual meetings of the APPF that are held in January.