Members of Parliament engage in specialist activities in their roles as MPs in the House and committees that require procedural expertise and knowledge of a wide range of issues. There are increasingly opportunities for members’ professional development, which build the capacity and knowledge of MPs, enrich the institution of Parliament and impact positively on its scrutiny and oversight functions.
Professional development is an intrinsic part of all Parliamentary Relations activities. Our MPs participate in and contribute to programmes aimed at enhancing their skills in parliamentary debating, oral and written questions, financial accountability, and legislative scrutiny. Building on their existing knowledge and skills through interaction with other parliamentarians and learning about other political systems, members return to New Zealand bringing new perspectives to their parliamentary duties and sharing knowledge with their fellow members.