New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa

Inter-Parliamentary Visits

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.

You can find media releases, reports and features about Inter-Parliamentary visits in the table below.

Inter-parliamentary visits to and from New Zealand 2020

Leader of delegation denoted by italics

Visits that form part of the Official Inter-Parliamentary Relations Programme (Outwards) are denoted by #. Members' official outwards visit expenses are released quarterly and can be found here.






Related documents

6-10 January 2020 Outwards # Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth, Ottawa, Canada Re Hon Trevor Mallard MP, Speaker
David Wilson, Clerk of the House
Openness and security focus of Commonwealth Speakers’ gathering (press release)
12-17 January 2020 Outwards # Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Canberra, Australia Barbara Kuriger MP
Ginny Andersen MP
Jonathan Young MP
Asia-Pacific Parliamentarians to meet in Canberra (press release)

View the APPF28 Outcomes

Video Report
9-13 February 2020 Inwards Guest of Parliament visit by the Speaker of the Althingi, Iceland to New Zealand Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, Speaker
Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, Deputy Speaker, MP
Hanna Katrín Friðriksson MP
Iceland Speaker arrives in New Zealand to discuss renewable energy, tourism(press release)

Video Report

Report on the visit

17-21 February 2020 Inwards Guest of Parliament visit by the President of the Congress of New Caledonia to New Zealand Roch Wamytan, President (Speaker)
Isabelle Kaloi-Bearune. member of Congress
Inès Kouathe, member of Congress 
Maria Isabella Saliga-Lutovika, member of Congress 
Françoise Suve, member of Congress 

Treaty of Waitangi settlements, Māori entrepreneurship to be discussed in New Caledonian congress visit (press release)

Video Report
20 February 2020 Inwards Vice-President (Deputy Speaker) FDP, German Bundestag Wolfgang Kubicki  
22-26 February 2020 Inwards Guest of Parliament visit by the European Parliament: Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand (DANZ) Ulrike Müller MEP, Germany, Chair, Renew Europe
Axel Voss MEP, Germany, Vice-Chair, European People's Party Gabriele Bischoff MEP, Germany, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Morten Løkkegaard MEP, Denmark, Renew Europe
Pedro Silva Pereira MEP, Portugal, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, a Vice-President, European Parliament
Monika Vana MEP, Austria, Greens/European Free Alliance
Iuliu Winkler MEP, Romania, European People's Party
Kosma Złotowski MEP, Poland, European Conservatives and Reformists
Speaker welcomes European Parliament delegation (press release)

Video Report

European Parliament DANZ report

24-28 February 2020 Outwards Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Pacific Region Annual Meeting, Niue Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki MP Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Pacific Region (Facebook Link)

Report on the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Pacific Region Annual Meeting, Niue
24-27 February 2020 Outwards# CPA UK Cybersecurity Workshop, London, United Kingdom Andrew Falloon MP New Zealand represented at global cybersecurity workshop (press release)

Cybersecurity Workshop Report (external link) 
23 April 2020 Virtual Asia Pacific Parliamentarians Forum of Global Health meeting for Parliamentarians Network on Covid-19, with the World Health Organisation Hon Michael Woodhouse MP RNZ Interview (external link)
25 April 2020 Virtual World Bank Group Parliamentary Network Briefing on Pandemics and Covid-19 Hon Michael Woodhouse MP RNZ Interview (external link)
25 May 2020 Virtual Meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians Rt Hon David Carter MP Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians (external link)