The Trust held its first face-to-face Parliamentary Seminar since May 2021 on 10 August. Our first seminar of the year focused on How Government is Exercised through Parliament. 


Parliamentary Seminar 1


The Seminar was opened by the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives. It was Mr Mallard’s last seminar before stepping down as Speaker.


The Seminar presenters were Suze Jones (Deputy Clerk), Dr Duncan Webb MP (Government Whip), and Chris Penk MP (Opposition Whip) presented. Following this, Hon Scott Simpson MP (National Party), Nicola Willis MP (Deputy Leader of the Opposition), Hon Andrew Little (Minister of Health), Clair Trevett (Press Gallery), David Seymour MP (ACT Leader Party), and Jamie Strange MP (Labour Party), Dr Guarav Sharma (Independent) presented to the audience.


28 Corporates attended the seminar from various companies across New Zealand. The corporate attendees were able to network with Members of Parliament over lunch and observed Question Time in the House.