Inter-Parliamentary Visits

Parliament plays an important role in bringing together different political voices that characterise a healthy democracy and this also applies internationally with New Zealand engaging with other countries at a parliamentary level. Global connections and mutual understanding are formed with our members undertaking bilateral visits to other parliaments and our Parliament hosting a range of international delegations each year. These visits include official Guests of Parliament, bilateral, and study visits going both ways.

Bilateral visits also serve to strengthen the capability of our own Parliament, while promoting New Zealand to the world. Our democracy and Parliament are admired by many countries, in particular our select committee system and our innovative approaches to indigenous issues and gender equality. Visiting delegations learn about our parliamentary procedures and practice, observe debates and question time in action, and hear about our culture and history.

Inter-parliamentary visits to and from New Zealand 2016

Leader of delegation denoted by italics

Dates Inwards/
Event Delegates Related Documents
16 to 26
January 2016
Outwards 24th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) Vancouver, Canada
Parliamentary Visit to Ottawa
Lindsay Tisch MP
Poto Williams MP
Richard Prosser MP 
MPs broaden relationships in the Asia Pacific region
9 to 14
January 2016 
Outwards  Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth Sabah, Malaysia Rt Hon David Carter MP,  Speaker  Speaker to represent New Zealand at Commonwealth Conference
14 to 17 March Outwards International Parliamentary Conference on Sustainability, Energy and Development, London Jonathan Young MP  
15 to 17 March 2016 Outwards  Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians Gareth Hughes MP Parliamentarians gather in Zambia
15 to 24 March 2016 Outwards  134th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Bilateral visit to South Africa Hon Annette King MP
Tracey Martin MP
Andrew Bayly MP
Parliamentarians gather in Zambia
4 to 8 April 2016 Outwards  4th Pacific Women's Parliamentary Partnerships Forum, Apia, Samoa Poto Williams MP
Louisa Wall MP
Jo Hayes MP
Women from across the Pacific come together in New Zealand to create long-term support networks
5 to 7 April 2016 Inwards Hon Tony Smith, Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives Hon Tony Smith MP
Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP
Senator Catryna Bilyk
Graham Perrett MP
Australian Speaker of the House of Representatives to visit New Zealand
19 to 29 April 2016 Outwards  Speaker's Delegation to Latin America (Mexico, Chile and Argentina) Rt Hon David Carter MP
Hon Maurice Williamson MP
Dr David Clark MP
Denise Roche MP
Mahesh Bindra MP
New Zealand Speaker’s Delegation to strengthen ties with Latin America
1 to 5 May 2016 Inwards Parliamentarians from the National Assembly of France Philippe Vitel, MP
Jeanine Dubie MP
Jean-Paul Bacquet MP
Pascal Deguilhem MP
Delegation of Parliamentarians from the National Assembly of France to visit the New Zealand Parliament
4 to 6 May 2016 Outwards   Women in Parliaments Global Forum Annual Summit, Amman, Jordan Poto Williams MP New Zealand takes part in global women leaders’ forum in Jordan
8 to 11 May 2016 Inwards His Excellency Ismail Kahraman, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey H E Ismail Kahraman MP, Speaker
Sema Kirci MP
Fehmi Kupcu MP
Tufan Kose MP
Mihrimah Belma Satir MP
Cengiz Aydogdu MP
Halis Dalkilic MP
Hamza Dag MP
Ahmet Hamdi Camli MP
Omer Suha Aldan MP
Mehmet Erdogan MP
Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly to visit the New Zealand Parliament
29 May to 4 June 2016 Outwards Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Canada Branch Parliamentary Seminar, Ottawa, Canada Jacqui Dean MP  
28 June to 1 July 2016 Inwards Pacific Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Mentoring Programme, Wellington Hon Jilila Kumar MP
Hon Ro Teimumu Kepa MP
Hon Va'ainga Tukuitonga MP
Hon Joan Viliamu MP
Faaulusau Rosa Duffy-Stowers MP
Sipola Havili
Dr Puakena Boreham MP
Women from across the Pacific come together in New Zealand to create long-term support networks
6 to 9 July 2016 Inwards Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA Akbar Khan Visit to New Zealand by Akbar Khan, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)
10 to 14 July 2016 Outwards 47th Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks, Nuku'alofa, Tonga Rt Hon David Carter MP, Speaker Regional Presiding Officers Conference in Tonga
11 to 14 July 2016 Outwards Australia New Zealand Scrutiny of Legislation Conference, Perth, Australia Andrew Bayly MP Strengthening Parliamentary Scrutiny
25 to 28 July 2016 Outwards Commonwealth Parliamentary Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Project, Asia-Pacific Workshop, Brisbane, Australia Dr Shane Reti MP Dr Shane Reti MP participates in major parliamentary workshop on tackling cybersecurity