Head of State: HM Queen Elizabeth II
Joined the Commonwealth: 1931
Capital City (location of Parliament): Wellington
Unicameral/Bicameral: Unicameral - House of Representatives (120)
CPA UK & New Zealand
CPA UK and CPA New Zealand have a long history of facilitating successful parliamentary bilateral delegations on behalf of their respective legislatures. Recent activities between the two legislatures have included a bilateral delegation to Auckland and Wellington exploring the future of the NZ/UK relationship including the potential for future trade agreements and how these might be scrutinised by parliament. The delegation also discussed with their counterparts a range of issues including defence and security; environmental and domestic policy; parliamentary procedure; and the role of the Commonwealth.
The delegation also took part in a Pacific Islands workshop with their counterparts from Pacific Island legislatures. This two-day workshop focused on both technical and thematic areas of interest and enabled a frank discussion of some of the challenges facing the Pacific Island States. This workshop also allowed the UK delegation to understand in more detail the geo-political nuances of the region.
New Zealand will continue to be a key partner, especially in the post-Brexit landscape, as the UK seeks to renew its relationships with its Commonwealth colleagues.
Our Recent Programmes
CPA UK Delegation to New Zealand, Wellington & Auckland, 6-15 April 2018
A bilateral programme saw the UK delegation engage with parliamentary colleagues, business, and civil society to discuss issues and challenges relevant to the UK and New Zealand. Some issues touched upon included: the current political situation and the approach to coalition and minority government; the impact of Brexit on UK-New Zealand relations; oversight of trade policy and the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership; the trade and investment relationship; defence and security cooperation; New Zealand’s approach to domestic policy areas including environmental policy, disaster resilience, and immigration policy. The Pacific Islands Parliamentary Workshop followed the bilateral programme and provided an opportunity to engage with parliamentarians from ten Pacific Island countries on areas of mutual interest.
Commonwealth Parliamentarians' Forum, Westminster, 26 February-1 March 2018
CPA UK hosted the first Commonwealth Parliamentarians' Forum ahead of the UK hosting Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in April 2018. The Forum brought together national legislators from across the Commonwealth and set the scene for the CHOGM 2018 theme – ‘Towards a Common Future’. The Parliamentarians' Forum sparked dialogue, engaged parliamentarians in the summit agenda and created opportunities for in-depth cross-Commonwealth discussion. The Forum was an invaluable opportunity to reinforce and reinvigorate the Commonwealth’s aspirations, opportunities, challenges and relevance in the coming years.
Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure, Westminster, 13-17 November 2017
The annual Westminster Seminar is CPA UK’s flagship capacity-building programme for first-term parliamentarians and newly appointed procedural/committee Clerks from across the Commonwealth. Every year the programme provides a unique platform for participants to network and engage with counterparts; exploring different approaches to parliamentary democracy, practice and procedure in the context of the Westminster System and comparative Commonwealth parliamentary structures.
International Parliamentary Conference on National Security and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Project - Westminster and beyond, 2016-2017
As part of CPA UK's annual themed projects, the 2016-17 project was designed to increase parliamentarians’ knowledge of and build capacity on national security and cybersecurity through engaging interactive discussion sessions and networking opportunities with key stakeholders. The programme focused on a range of themes covering legislation, committee scrutiny, budgets, and engagement with civil society, international institutions and the private sector.
Visit of Members to New Zealand, Auckland & Wellington, 26-31 May 2014
A cross-party delegation of six UK parliamentarians visited New Zealand in May 2014 to gain an insight into the political landscape and current issues in New Zealand and the wider South Pacific region. The visit began with a multilateral workshop in Auckland with colleagues from the Pacific. Ten parliamentarians from the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu joined the UK delegation for two days of discussions on issues relevant to the CPA Pacific Region. The delegation then travelled to Wellington for a comprehensive and engaging programme of meetings and visits with Members, Officers and staff of the New Zealand Parliament and Government Ministries to gain a deeper understanding of issues on the political agenda in the lead up to New Zealand’s General Election. Delegates came away with a well-rounded insight into the current political situations in New Zealand and the South Pacific, as well as with a good knowledge of wider issues around aid, trade, foreign policy, regional relations, immigration, climate change, and views on the Commonwealth.