CPA Secretary-General's Branch Visit to the CPA New Zealand Branch

The CPA Secretary-General, Mr Akbar Khan visited the New Zealand Branch of the CPA and the Parliament of New Zealand on his first visit as Secretary-General.

He was received by the Rt Hon. David Carter, Speaker of the House of Representatives and David Wilson, Clerk of the House of Representatives at the Parliament of New Zealand and invited into the Chamber during a parliamentary sitting, where he was received by Members of the New Zealand Parliament. He was introduced to the House and observed a debate in the Parliamentary chamber. For the video of the introduction, provided by the New Zealand Parliament, please click here.

During his visit, he met with the Parliamentary Relations Secretariat and the CPA Regional Secretariat for the Pacific Region; the CPA Executive Committee Member for the Pacific Region, Mr Paul Foster-Bell MP, Ms Poto Williams MP, Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Steering Committee Member for the Pacific Region, Hon. Chester Borrows MP, Deputy Speaker and Mr Andrew Little MP, Leader of the Opposition as well as other Members of Parliament.

The Secretary-General gave two interviews: One with Radio New Zealand about the Commonwealth and the work of the CPA and a second one with 
the Education and Public Engagement Team of the Clerk's Office of the House of Representatives on parliamentary engagement. Please click here for a transcript and podcast of the Secretary-General's interview with Radio NZ.

He furthermore met with 
Helen Smith, Deputy High Commissioner at the British High Commission to New Zealand, Sir Anand, Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation and Ms Audrey Sonerson, Acting Secretary of Justice. 

For photographs of the visit, please click here.

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