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Parliament visits New Plymouth (November 2019)

Published date: 22 Nov 2019

A delegation from Parliament landed in New Plymouth on Friday 15 November for the last Speaker’s Outreach visit for 2019.

Speaker Rt Hon Trevor Mallard speaks to students at Spotswood Primary. Enlarge image

Speaker Rt Hon Trevor Mallard at New Plymouth outreach

Source: Parliamentary Service

The Speaker was joined by the Member for New Plymouth, Jonathan Young MP (National); the Member for Te Tai Hauāuru, Adrian Rurawhe MP (Labour); local member Hon Andrew Little (Labour); and Hon James Shaw (Green).

First stop was Manukorihi Intermediate School. The student playing the role of Serjeant-at-Arms carried a replica mace as she led the procession into the ‘chamber’. Students debated raising the school leaving age, and the Q&A time provided an opportunity to ask the members about recently debated topics in Parliament.

The next stop was the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki for a sausage sizzle lunch, and an opportunity to meet and mingle with students and staff.

The delegation then headed to Spotswood Primary School. In the mock debate, students debated and passed the banning of the personal purchase of fireworks.

Lastly, the group visited Shining Peak Brewery to hear about their NGO work supporting local Taranaki organisations.