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Young New Zealand delegation heads to the USA

Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Rt Hon Trevor Mallard

For release: 15 March 2018

Young New Zealand delegation heads to the USA

A New Zealand parliamentary delegation will learn more about the American political system next week during an eight-day exchange programme, the Speaker, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard, announced today.

“The exchange provides an important opportunity for the delegates to gain more understanding of the democratic processes at both federal and state level in the United States,” the Speaker noted. “My own experience with ACYPL observing the 1988 Bush Dukakis election was invaluable both with regard to the American electoral system and campaign techniques and even more importantly the contacts made.”

The New Zealand delegation comprises Chris Bishop MP, Tamati Coffey MP, Andrew Falloon MP, Erica Stanford MP, Chlöe Swarbrick MP, and Talani Meikle. They will visit San Francisco, Sacramento, and Washington DC.

The last New Zealand delegation went to the USA in 2015. An American delegation, mostly from state legislatures, visited New Zealand in 2016.

The exchange, running from 17 to 25 March 2018, is coordinated and sponsored by the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).


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