Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


NZ Joins Women Political Leaders From Across the Globe

New Zealand Joins Women Political Leaders From Across the Globe to Share Momentum for Change

New Zealand Member of Parliament Hon Louise Upston will join more than 250 women leaders from around the world at the Women Political Leaders Global Summit in Lithuania this week.

“It’s about time! 100 reasons to act” is the theme of this year’s summit in Vilnius, co-hosted by the Parliament of Lithuania, which is celebrating the Centenary of the Restoration of the State and women’s voting rights.

The keynote address ‘It’s about time! Women change the World’ will be given by the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite. The high calibre of speakers include Hillary Clinton and Antonio Guterres (the Secretary-General of the United Nations) Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrin Jakobsdottir, and our very own Rt Hon Helen Clark.

How do we ensure that the digital environment is a driver of inclusion, economic development, and social progress? Do the challenges brought by populism represent an opportunity to adapt to new forms of connecting with the population? How can we ensure more equitable access to maternal healthcare? These are just some of the important issues on the agenda during the two-day intensive summit.

The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Trevor Mallard says it’s helpful that our Parliament has a voice at the annual summit.

“We have made considerable progress in the 125 years since New Zealand women claimed the right to vote. In 2018 we have a female Governor-General, Prime Minister, and Chief Justice, and forty percent of our parliamentarians are women. Hon Louise Upston will take New Zealand’s strong commitment to gender equality to the world stage. She will share her experiences with Parliament when she returns to help us continue to work towards reflecting greater diversity in our Parliament.”

The summit runs from 6-8 June 2018.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: The End Of ‘Objectivity’ In Journalism

... and the dawn of something much better?
2019 looks like it might well be another really bad, terrible, not so good year for the traditional journalism model globally. Already in January three leading US digital outlets—BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and Vice announced layoffs that have left many accomplished journalists unemployed. Consolidation of journalism looks set to continue unabated as larger (sharky) media conglomerates swallow up smaller players globally. We also appear to be witnessing the death throes of the concept of ‘objective’ truth in journalism. However, perhaps that is not at all as bad as it sounds, and we are just finally waking up to the reality that it never really existed in the first place... More>>


Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>


Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>


Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>


Party Politics In Tax Morale Survey: SSC To Seek Answers From IRD

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins has today asked the State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes to examine IRD’s reported inappropriate use of a public survey. More>>


Health: Prohibiting Smoking In Vehicles Carrying Children

Under the change, Police will be able to require people to stop smoking in their cars if children (under 18) are present. Police will also be able to use their discretion to give warnings, refer people to stop-smoking support services, or issue an infringement fee of $50... It is expected that this amendment will become law by the end of 2019. More>>


Waitangi Day: Nationwide Events Commemorate Treaty Signing

“From large-scale events attracting tens of thousands of people such as those at Hoani Waititi Marae in Auckland and the Porirua Waterfront, to smaller gatherings in areas as far flung as the Chatham Islands and to the significant commemorations at Waitangi, these events are an opportunity for us to reflect on the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels