Speakers of the House have the ability to open doors in international relationships. ‘Speaker-led diplomacy’ helps to advance New Zealand’s national interests by supporting greater understanding and cooperation between countries and parliaments.
The New Zealand Parliament participates in various inter-parliamentary organisations. These global and regional forums bring together MPs from around the world to discuss common and international issues, and to work towards global solutions.
Learning from MPs from other parliaments is one way to help our MPs with their professional development. Visits to and from other parliaments grows knowledge and enhances MPs' scrutiny and oversight roles.
New Zealand is a Pacific country and Pacific people and culture are an enriching part of New Zealand. Where possible, our Parliament provides practical and technical support to Pacific parliaments to strengthen their own democracies.
Parliamentary Friendship Groups help deepen New Zealand’s relations with other countries and assist in promoting parliamentary democracy.
Represent New Zealand at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Parliament
The 9th Commonwealth Youth Parliament is being held from 8 to 12 October in Road Town, British Virgin Islands. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association are looking for a passionate, young leader to represent New Zealand at the annual event.
CPA Pacific Region reflects on silver linings in dark clouds hanging over democracy
Establishing a democracy is easy but sustaining it through difficult time is a challenge, says former Commonwealth Secretary General Sir Don McKinnon ONZ.
Pacific Parliamentary Forum 2016
The Pacific Parliamentary Forum is an opportunity for parliamentarians from the Pacific region to meet with New Zealand parliamentarians on major issues in the Pacific. It will serve to share knowledge of key issues and parliamentary practices, and enhance parliamentary democracy in the Pacific.