PNG joins NZ parliament conference

MORE than 60 parliamentarians from the Pacific will be in Wellington next week for the Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference (POCC), in what New Zealand describes as “the first big Parliamentary conference of the 52nd Parliament Office of the Speaker of the NZ House of Representatives”.
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Trevor Mallard

Staff Reporter

There will be a diverse range of Parliaments represented at the conference from July 9 to 11, with presiding officers and clerks from Papua New Guinea, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Micronesia, Niue, Nauru, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Australia. 
New Zealand Speaker Trevor Mallard says the annual conference is hosted by a different Parliament each year, with the New Zealand Parliament having its turn this year.
Issues to be discussed include family-friendly parliaments and communicating parliament to the people.
Delegates will be presenting conference papers on a range of topics including how Parliaments can develop and change; the role of the Speaker; and security and stability.
"Legislatures around the region differ dramatically in terms of size - but we all face similar challenges in how to ensure Parliaments are family friendly, accountable, open, and diverse in the 21st Century," said Mallard.
"Parliaments cannot run without an efficient team of clerks and presiding officers. This conference provides a valuable opportunity for representatives from around the Pacific to share ideas, impart knowledge, and grow global connections for stronger Parliaments."
New Zealand clerk of the House of Representatives said the New Zealand Parliament took great pride in hosting the 2018 conference.
"We're confident that delegates will leave the conference with an enhanced understanding of how to support the function of democracy in their legislature".
The conference is open to media on July 9 from 9.15am to 10.30am at Parliament's Grand Hall and for afternoon tea on July 11 from 3.30pm to 4pm, also at Parliament's Grand Hall.



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