Parliamentary strengthening

Delegates at the Third Pacific Women's Parliamentary Partnership Forum Suva, Fiji April - May 2015. Enlarge image

Delegates at the Third Pacific Women's Parliamentary Partnership Forum Suva, Fiji April - May 2015

Source: Parliament of Australia 2015

The New Zealand Parliament has long supported capacity building and strengthening parliaments in the Pacific.  This occurs in a number of ways, including hosting and contributing to regular Pacific Region parliamentary study programmes; study visits for individual Pacific parliaments; providing technical support to Pacific Parliaments; hosting Pacific staff attachments, and supporting Pacific Speakers and members’ attendance at important conferences, such as the Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference (POCC).

In addition to supporting our neighbours in the Pacific region to continue developing their democracies, New Zealand’s capacity building and parliamentary strengthening provides opportunities for New Zealand parliamentarians to actively engage in building stronger legislatures and to strengthen their understanding of the Pacific Region.