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The Speaker’s Outreach program started in 2018 in South Auckland. MPs from across Parliament accompany Mr Speaker, the Right Honourable Trevor Mallard, on day trips to various towns around the country.

The groups have visited schools and community groups across New Zealand in order to bring Parliament to the people. The program aims to make 6 visits per year and provides an opportunity for people around the country to meet MPs and learn about Parliament. Mr Speaker says "Communities are at the heart of our country and we want everybody in every community to know they have a voice at Parliament. Launching this outreach programme is a way to show people that Parliament belongs to them."

The day’s program usually begins with a school visit where there is a mock debate or Q&A that the Speaker and MPs participate in. Lunch is often a sausage sizzle at the local tertiary institute or with a local community group. Locals can grill MPs and visit Parliament via the Parliament XR App, taking them on a virtual tour of Parliament wherever they are in the country. There’s often a second school visit in the afternoon.

Making Parliament more accessible is a real focus for the Speaker, and the Outreach program aims to do just that by taking it out to the people.

Speaker's Outreach Programme upcoming visits

Dates are being planned for 2020.

Speaker's Outreach Programme previous visits

Date
Location
Schools
Tertiary/Other

28/12/2018

South Auckland

Mangere College

Manukau Institute if Technology (Otara Campus)

15/03/2019

Christchurch

Linwood Ave School

University of Canterbury

10/05/2019

Tauranga

Merivale School
Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Te Matai

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology (Windermere Campus)

28/06/2019

Dunedin

Macandrew Bay

Bathgate Park School

Grey Power

02/09/2019

Hamilton

Fairfield Primary School

Melville Intermediate School

Waikato University

13/09/2019

Wairarapa

Whareama School

 

08/11/2019

Invercargill

St Theresa’s School

James Hargest College

Southern Institute of Technology

13/11/2019

New Plymouth

Manukorihi Intermediate School

Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki