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By: The New Zealand Business & Parliament Trust  05-Apr-2012

July 2011 President's Dinner

Attendees at the July President's Dinner included:

Left to right

Todd McLeay (NZ Lotteries Commission), Geoff Lawrie (Cisco Systems NZ), Sir John Goulter KNZM JP (Trust Chair), Hon Steven Joyce MP (Minister of Transport, representing the Prime Minister), Dr the Rt Hon Lockwood Smith MP (Speaker of the House), Keith Watson (Hewlett-Packard NZ), Hon Peter Dunne MP (Leader of United Future Party), Brian Roche (NZ Post Group), Chris Clarke (World Vision NZ), Steve Riddell (Kaipara Ltd), Tony Gibson (Ports of Auckland Ltd), and John O'Sullivan CNZM LVO JP (Trust Executive Director).

May 2011 President's Dinner

Those attending the dinner were (left to right):

Sir Noel Robinson KNZM (Paraparaumu Airport Ltd), Hon Phil Goff MP (Leader of the Labour Party), Dr Ian McPherson (Southern Cross Healthcare), Peter Cavanagh (Radio NZ ), Paul Muckleston (Microsoft NZ), Sir John Goulter KNZM JP (Trust Chair), Dr the Rt Hon Lockwood Smith MP (Speaker), Dr Russel Norman MP (Co-Leader of the Green Party), John Dakin (Goodman NZ), Dr Allan Freeth (TelstraClear), Tony Egan (AsureQuality) and John O'Sullivan CNZM LVO JP (Trust Executive Director).

November 2010 President's Dinner

Attending the dinner were (left to right):

Sir John Goulter KNZM JP (Trust Chair), Jennifer Moxon (IBM NZ), Owen Poole (GlaxoSmithKline), Hon Dr Pita Sharples CBE MP (Co Leader of the Mäori Party), David Hisco (ANZ New Zealand), Rt Hon John Key MP (Prime Minister), Teresa Tepania-Ashton (Ngapuhi Asset Holding Co), Dr the Rt Hon Lockwood Smith MP (Speaker), Jim Quinn (KiwiRail), Nigel Morrison (SKYCITY Entertainment Group), Peter Talley (Talley’s Group), John O’Sullivan CNZM LVO JP (Trust Executive Director).

Trust's Study Awards 2011

Eileen Moughan (above left) and Kirsten Mander (above right) receive their certificates and awards from the Trust President, Dr the Rt Hon Lockwood Smith, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Youth Parliament 2010 Competition

The winner of this year’s Youth Parliament sponsored competition, Amelia MacDonald (centre), with her mother Delwyn MacDonald (left), the Speaker, Dr the Rt Hon Lockwood Smith MP, Clerk of the House Mary Harris and chair of the Trust, Sir John Goulter KNZM JP.

Since its inception, the Trust has organised a number of special events, including a major luncheon address in Parliament by Singapore Senior Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 1994 and a briefing for MPs by a panel of senior parliamentarians.  The Trust also organises introductory briefings for new MPs at the start of every new Parliamentary term and other smaller informal social functions when appropriate.

The 1998 Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference was held in New Zealand and provided the Trust with an opportunity to mount a display on the work of the Trust to encourage other Commonwealth countries to start up similar schemes. The conference was attended by over 400 delegates, representing some 56 Commonwealth countries.

President’s Dinners

The first President’s Dinner was held in 1996, hosted by the then President of the Trust, Speaker Sir Peter Tapsell, with a total of 57 guests, including Trustees, representatives of the Trust’s corporate membership, MP Associate Members of the Trust and three other parliamentary guests.  The guest speaker was Rt Hon Geoffrey Palmer, former Prime Minister.

Since 1998, smaller, more prestigious dinners have been hosted two or three times each year by the Speaker and President of the Trust in his or her private apartment in Parliament Building with seven to nine chief executives from the Trust’s corporate membership attending.  Two leaders of parliamentary parties are also invited on each occasion as special guests.  One dinner - usually the first of the year - includes the Prime Minister and another, the Leader of the Opposition.  Other party leaders are invited on a rotational basis.  Each dinner is also attended by the Chairman of the Trust, or another corporate Trustee, and the Executive Director.

The President uses these occasions to thank the corporate members for their support of the Trust and to acquaint them personally with Trust activities and future developments.

Establishment of a New Zealand Business & Parliament Trust Awards and Scholarship Fund

At the March 2010 Annual General Meeting the chair of the Trust, Sir John Goulter KNZM JP, announced the establishment of a Study Fund.

Initially this fund will be used for two awards and a scholarship for postgraduate research into the role of Parliament in the policy process and the wider community.

Two prizes were awarded at the conclusion of the March 2011 Annual General Meeting for the 2010 academic year - the winners were Eileen Moughan and Jessica Booker. The inaugural receipient of the Trust Scholarship award for the 2011 academic year was Kirsten Mander.

Youth Parliament

Since 1997, the Trust has sponsored an essay competition for the Youth Parliament held once in each Parliamentary term. 

Youth Parliament has been held every three years since 1994. Young people from around New Zealand are chosen by their local (electorate or list) Member of Parliament (MP) to be a Youth Member of Parliament (Youth MP). During Youth Parliament, Youth MPs have the opportunity to debate legislation, sit on select committees and ask parliamentary questions of Cabinet Ministers.

Meanwhile, their Youth Press Gallery colleagues report on their activities and make sure they are held accountable to the public.

Youth Parliament is as real as possible. Government personnel and procedures are maintained.  The aim of the Youth Parliament is to help young people understand and participate in the parliamentary processes, as well as to give them an opportunity to have their views heard. 

The Trust supports the aims of the Youth Parliament scheme and has now sponsored an competition on five occasions, in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2007 and 2010. On each occasion, the Trust has provided substantial monetary prizes for the winner and each of the two runners-up and the standard of entries has been very high with the selection of the winners a demanding task.  In 2004, the Trust also provided a grant towards the work of the Youth Parliament Press Gallery which included the production of a video for schools and a special supplement in the New Zealand Youth Ministry’s newspaper for young people.

Support of the Digitisation of the Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives

The Trust was pleased to make a significant contribution in 2010 and 2011 to the Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AtoJs) digitisation project, which it considers to be part of its advancement of education beneficial to the community in promoting the work of Parliament.
The AtoJs have been published since 1858 and include reports documenting the work of government departments and public organisations, as well as reports of select committees, royal commissions and commissions of inquiry.

Meeting new MPs

2009's function was attended by both first-term MPs and some of Associate Members who were able to share with their newest Parliamentary colleagues their experiences of the Trust's Business Study attachment scheme.

The Trust hopes to organise a similar function for the new MPs of the current 50th Parliament in February 2012.

15th and 20th Anniversaries of the New Zealand Business & Parliament Trust

With the date of the New Zealand Business & Parliament Trust’s inception taking place on 11 December 1991, the Trust celebrated its first 15 years at its 15th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 21 March 2007, marking the occasion with a special 15th Anniversary Dinner, hosted by its President and Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives, Hon Margaret Wilson MP, and held in the evening of the same day, in Parliament’s Banquet Hall. 

As at 31 December 2011, the Trust will have completed 20 years of activities and will be celebrating the occasion in 2012.

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The last speaker of the day, Jane Patterson, Parliamentary Chief Reporter for Radio New Zealand and Chair of the Press Gallery, speaking on "Reporting Parliament". The Speaker, Dr the Rt Hon Lockwood Smith addresses the seminar participants at the start of the day, watched by Trust chair, Sir John Goulter. Hon Peter Dunne, Leader of the United Future Party, talks to seminar participants on making a submission to a Select Committee.