TO ADVANCE AND ENCOURAGE BUSINESS UNDERSTANDING OF PARLIAMENT AND PARLIAMENTARIANS UNDERSTANDING OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF NEW ZEALAND
Gretta Stephens, Trust Board Member, Marja Lubeck MP, Harete Hipango MP, Darryl Stevens, Trust CE, Hon Nicky Wagner MP
INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 2 - 3
New Member’s Function AGM, Awards & Presentations
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AGM, Awards & Presentations Schools Travel Assistance
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March Parliamentary Seminar
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Business Study Programme Attachments New Governance Line-up
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MPs Away Day to TVNZ
Trust Management Changes Hands Upcoming Events
NEW MEMBERS’ FUNCTION The first event following a General Election is the ‘New Members Function’ to which all new Members of Parliament are invited to meet with Trust representatives and Associate Members to learn about the work on the Trust in general and to promote the Business Attachment programme.
Those new Members unable to be present were sent a ‘Welcome Pak’. Gretta Stephens, Trust Board member was the host for the evening together with our President, the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
NEW MEMBERS’ FUNCTION
Harete Hipango MP, Erica Stanford MP, Denise Lee MP, Paul Eagle MP, Jo Luxton MP and Tim van de Molen MP
Gretta Stephens addressing Members of Parliament
Greg O’Connor MP and Lawrence Yule MP
AGM, AWARDS & PRESENTATIONS The 26th AGM of the New Zealand Business & Parliament Trust was held on Wednesday 4 April 2018 in Parliamentâ€™s Grand Hall, attended by both parliamentarians and representatives of the Trustâ€™s Corporate membership. The meeting was chaired by Peter Griffiths. Nancy McConnell was re-elected for a further term of three years and will continue in the role of Deputy Chair. John Dakin, Chief Executive Goodman Group was elected to the Trustee Council vice Russell Stanners who was not seeking a further term. The meeting ratified a number of changes to the Trustee Council reflecting changes at the political level following on from the General Election.
Rt Hon Trevor Mallard MP, President of the Trust, addressing the Annual Meeting
Peter Griffiths addressing the Annual Meeting
KRISHMA PATEL AND REBEKKA EVANS OF VICTORIA UNIVERSITY OF WELLINGTON NAMED RECIPIENTS OF THE NZ BUSINESS AND PARLIAMENT TRUST PRIZES FOR 2017 My name is Karishma Patel and I am a Masters student of International Relations at Victoria University, due to finish my dissertation very soon. Last year I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Parliamentary Internship programme supervised by Professor Stephen Levine, as a part of my degree.
Krisma Patel with her certificate presented by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Interning at Parliament and subsequently being chosen to intern at Congress in Washington, D.C., as well as interning and working in other parts of the public sector and nongovernmental sector has made me realise that my passion is working in the interests of the public; namely, the New Zealand public. Therefore, to study politics and international relations has been very enjoyable and challenging for me. I am honoured and delighted to hear that my research for this class which tackled the question of “What Constitutes Political Success?” has earned me a New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust Prize.
To the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust:
Rebecca Evans – Trust Prize recipient was unfortunately unable to be present in person to receive her prize.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust Prize a possibility. I was surprised, but also very thrilled, to learn that I had been selected as one of the two recipients of this award. 2017 was a very eventful year for me, not least because I was able to complete a fantastic internship at Parliament as part of my Honours programme of study. I feel deeply honoured that the research essay I completed in relation to this course has helped me become a recipient of this award. This year I will embark on a Master of International Relations at Victoria, which has been a goal of mine since I first started studying at Victoria
To be recognised for such an honour is both heartening and humbling; and I really appreciate it. Not only will your generosity help me set up the next chapter of my life, but it also provides affirmation to me that with passion comes excellence. A prize possessing this level of prestige is not only a financial aid, but also a driver of future success. It enables students like me to continue to chase success in fields about which they are passionate, and I am pleased to know that just as with the students who have won this award before me, the students after me will also feel a renewed sense of confidence and motivation for their futures. This letter is but a small token of my appreciation for this prize, which is deeply generous of the Trust. I will endeavour to always keep my passions alive and to continue to love the work that I do. Karishma Patel
four years ago. I hope to be able to complete part of my studies in Japan, and I am therefore overjoyed to have been chosen as a recipient of this award, as it will help me fund this journey. Thank you again for your generosity and support. Though rewarding, postgraduate studies can quickly become a very expensive undertaking. I therefore can’t stress enough how much of a difference your encouragement makes to students like myself. By obtaining master’s degree I hope to one day be able to pursue a career in the New Zealand public sector. Thanks to you, I feel I am a little bit closer to achieving this dream. Sincerely, Rebekka Evans 2/3/2018
Hon Dr Megan Woods presentation
Presentations were made at the Annual Meeting to the Rt Hon David Carter MP, formerly President, Hon Dr Megan Wood, retiring Labour Party member from the Board and the Hon Peter Dunne CNZM retiring Trustee who had clocked up 26 years of service and commitment to the Trust.
Krisma Patel with the current and former Speakers
Hon Peter Dunne presentation
Mr Speaker making presentation to Rt Hon David Carter
SCHOOLS TRAVEL ASSISTANCE In the words of one principal…
Schools funded in the first two quarters of 2018 are:
“When camp planning is just starting to get me down…You’ve made my day! Thank you so much on behalf of our tamariki”
St Joseph’s School Russell School Paraparaumu College Nelson Christian Academy Rutherford College Hastings Boys High School Manukura School Kuranui College Timaru Boys High School Timaru Girls’ High School Frasertown School Our Lady of Victories School Fairfield Intermediate School St Patrick’s School Te Mahia School
So far this year the Trust has been pleased to support 15 schools in undertaking educational visits to Parliament organised by the Parliament Education Unit. We have discovered a little funding from us can make all the difference and that students who would not normally be given the opportunity to visit their Parliament, are able to do so. We are also impressed with how many of the rural and small town schools are supported by their communities through fundraising ventures.
Queenstown Bay of Islands Kapiti Coast Nelson Te Atatu, Auckland Hawkes Bay Palmerston North Wairapapa South Canterbury South Canterbury Hawkes Bay Christchurch Hamilton Greymouth East Coast
PARLIAMENTARY SEMINAR The first Parliamentary Seminar for 2018 saw a number of first- time presenters amongst the impressive political line-up. We were honoured that the Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern spoke to participants on the theme Exercising Government through Parliament – a key objective of the Trust’s learning strategy. The Hon Simon Bridges as the recently elected Leader of the Opposition followed and shared his thoughts on the role of Opposition parties in the MMP environment. Falloon speaking about what it was like to be a ‘new’ Member of Parliament, coping with information overload during the induction period, learning about life inside the Chamber and the importance and value of their constituency work – with both Members emphasising the importance of engaging with the people in their electorates as being one of the rewarding features of an MP. Both Members emphasied the
The ‘new’ department was not just confined to Party Leaders. Also new was Ruth Dyson in her role as Chief Government Whip and Barbara Kuriger, Senior Opposition Whip. They gave a joint presentation on ‘Business in the House’ and the many facets to the role of the Whips. We were also pleased to be joined by Hon Jacqui Dean who will be presenting on Select Committees at all three seminars during the year. The seminar concluded with Tamati Coffey and Andrew
importance of engaging with the people in their electorates and saw this as very rewarding and an essential component of their electorate work. The day started out wet, wild and windy. By the time the seminar concluded, participants were able to join Mr Speaker on his balcony for drinks on what was a perfect Wellington summers evening.
Peter Griffiths, Trust Chairman, addressing seminar attendees and Members of Parliament during the lunch in the Grand Hall
PARLIAMENTARY SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS Dominic Salmon Suzanne O’Brien Fraser Chapman Gareth Williamson Campbell Hodgetts Kiely Evans Sam Abbott Amber Clotworthy Suzy Clarke Alisha Lewis Francis Lawes Sharron Cane Sam Fleming Michael Hales Andrew Eagles Steve Moratti Craig Sain Marcus Waters
3R Group Ltd ACG Tertiary & Careers Group Ltd BNZ Christchurch International Airport Ltd Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited Genesis Energy Ltd Imperial Tobacco Australia Limited Lion - Beer, Spirits & Wine NZ Ltd Lotto NZ McDonald’s Restaurants (NZ) Ltd Merck Sharp & Dohme (New Zealand) Limited Mercury NZ Ltd Meridian Energy New Zealand Agriseeds Ltd NZGBC Pacific Aluminium Ports of Auckland PowerNet
PARTICIPANT FEEDBACK “I don’t know where else I could quiz Jacinda Ardern, Simon Bridges, David Seymour and Trevor Mallard on important issues all in the same day”
Sarah Neville Geordie Johnson Penny George Martine Milicich Courtney Simpson Anaru Tuhi Libby Middlebrook Laura Ackland Rachel Howard Claire Addis Bridget McDonald Elissa Downey Bjorn Agnew Adrian Welch Katrina Pullan Megan Paine Sheena Thomas
Qantas Airways Ltd Russell McVeagh Sanofi New Zealand SBS Bank SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited Spark NZ Todd Property Transpower New Zealand Ltd TVNZ TVNZ Vector Vodafone Westpac Westpac Westpac Willis Bond & Co Z Energy
Here’s what some of our attendees had to say
“Very well organised, good flow and quite outstanding - the range and access of Ministers/MPs and knowledge specialists”
“Absolutely fantastic!!! Really enjoyed the Select Committee overview, Whips role, Jacinda Ardern, Tamati Coffey and Andrew Falloon”
BUSINESS STUDY ATTACHMENT PROGRAMMES Hon Meka Whaitiri undertook an attachment with Beef & Lamb NZ in 2017. At the time she said “I can’t recommend Beef & Lamb NZ enough as a valued member of the NZ Business and Parliament Trust and for MP placements. The organisation is dynamic, progressive and very engaging”. One of the Trust’s anchor projects are the Business Study Attachment programmes which enable Members of Parliament to learn about businesses
and industries that impact on New Zealand’s economic future. This is a learning opportunity for parliamentarians. These programmes are special and unique and we thank our corporate members for making them possible. Open to Members of Parliament all year round, attachments are usually undertaken in a parliamentary recess. Corporate members who have recently offered Members of Parliament attachments are:
LION - Beer, Spirits & Wine NZ Ltd SBS Bank Group GlaxoSmithKline NZ Ltd Sealord Group Ltd Foodstuffs NZ Ltd Lotto New Zealand Progressive Enterprises Deloitte Fonterra Co - operative Group Christchurch International Airport Ltd
Brett Hudson Hamish Walker, Louisa Wall Tim van de Molen Angie Warren - Clark Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi Ginny Andersen Fletcher Tabuteau Dr Deborah Russell Nuk Korako
CHRIS BISHOP COMPLETES HIS AIR NEW ZEALAND ATTACHMENT Posted by Chris Bishop on his Facebook page Dated 25 April 2018
Hon Meka Whaitiri, Minister of Customs receives her Associate Members certificate from Peter Griffiths
National List MP Member of Parliament for Clutha - Southland Member of Parliament for Manurewa Member of Parliament for Waikato Labour Party List MP National List MP Labour List MP based in Hutt South NZ First Member of Parliament Member of Parliament for New Lynn National List MP
A great institution which many people will never have heard of is the NZ Business and Parliament Trust. The Trust builds connections between businesses and Parliamentarians often business doesn’t quite understand how Parliament works, and vice-versa. One of the best things they do is facilitate MPs spending time at businesses on secondment, doing a deep-dive into the business and learning more about what they do. Last week I was very fortunate to spend three days with Air New Zealand in Christchurch and Auckland. An awesome experience which involved checking out their regional and international operations, engineering and maintenance units, time in the bowels of Christchurch airport looking at baggage and more, talking to their sustainability, investor relations and network teams to name a few, plus a bit of time up the tower at Auckland airport! A fantastic three days - thanks Air New Zealand and to every staff member who generously gave of their time.
NEW LOOK TRUSTEE COUNCIL AND BOARD PRESIDENT Rt Hon Trevor Mallard MP Speaker of the House of Representatives President of the Trust with effect from 21 November 2017
Peter Griffiths Chair of Z Energy Limited Trust Board Chair
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister Trustee Council Member with effect from 19 January 2018
Nancy McConnell Strategic Adviser – Hawkins Group Trust Board Deputy Chair
Hon Simon Bridges MP Leader of the Opposition Trustee Council Member With effect from 14 March 2018
Gretta Stephens Chief Executive NZ & Pacific Islands, BlueScope Trust Board Member
David Seymour MP Leader of ACT Party Trustee Council Member
Dave Chambers Managing Director Progressive Enterprises Ltd Trust Board Member
Gareth Hughes MP representing the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Trustee Council Member with effect from 22 December 2017
Clayton Mitchell MP Representing the NZ First Party Trustee Council member with effect from 15 November 2017 Seconded to the Board as the ‘Other Parties’ representative with effect from 21 February 2018
Simon Mackenzie Group Chief Executive, Vector Ltd Trustee Council Member
Alastair Scott MP Trustee Council Member and second National Party representative on the Trust Board with effect from 15 November 2017
John Dakin Chief Executive Officer of Goodman in New Zealand and Executive Director of the Board Trustee Council Member with effect from 4 April 2018
Dr Deborah Russell MP Trustee Council Member and second Labour Party representative on the Trust Board with effect from 30 January 2018
BUSINESS AWAY DAY FOR MPs TVNZ hosted the 2018 ‘Business Away Day’ for Members of Parliament at their Head Office in Auckland on 30 May. Participating MPs were welcomed by Scotty Morrison before receiving a briefing from Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick on the role TVNZ plays in NZ life and the company’s future plans. It was then into the studio for some interactive content with the Breakfast Team (Jack Tame, Hayley Holt, Matt McLean and Daniel Faituau) with a number of MPs putting their presentation skills to the test in front of the camera! Jack Tame with Priyanca Radhakrishnan MP and Louisa Wall MP
Kanwalijit Bakshi MP gives the weather forecast
Jack Tame pointing out the finer points
Following the excitement in front of the camera, the morning programme concluded with a focus on the changing media landscape and the power of TV through advertising. The focus in the afternoon turned to new initiatives (HEIHEI and New Blood), local storytelling, social media news voice and looking at Maori and Pasifika perspectives.
A guided tour of TVNZ building taking in the high tech play out facilities and a look into TVNZâ€™s digital future brought the programme to a conclusion. A big thank you to Kevin Kenrick, Brent McAnulty, Georgie Hills and the team for bringing together a really interesting and purposeful programme for our MPs. Clayton Mitchell MP and Priyanca Radhakrishnan MP - new Breakfast Show lineup
Tim Macindoe MP and Matt King MP- presenting Breakfast
TRUST MANAGEMENT CHANGES HANDS
UPCOMING EVENTS PARLIAMENTARY SEMINARS 25 July – fully subscribed 24 October – some positions still available Outgoing CE, Mike Fokker MVO JP and incoming CE, Darryl Stevens MNZM
EVENTS Chief Executive of NZBPT since March 2018. Darryl has extensive knowledge of the parliamentary and executive government environments through his previous positions in the Visits & Ceremonial Office and Constitutional Services (Dept of Internal Affairs) and the Office of the Clerk (Interparliamentary relations and education). Darryl is actively engaged with various Commonwealth NGOs. He was awarded the MNZM in 2013 for services to youth and the Commonwealth.
Winter Business Overview – 15 August Speaker: Neal Barclay, Chief Executive Meridian Energy Topic: Climate Action – Making it our Business Spring Business Overview – 7 November Speaker: Lisa King, Business entrepreneur and founder ‘Eat My Lunch’
Mike Fokker retired as Chief Executive after some six years with the Trust at the end of February. Peter Griffiths, Trust Chair acknowledged Mike’s contribution to the Trust at the March Parliamentary Seminar.
The NZBPT Secretariat work from an office on the top floor of the Parliamentary Library Building shown here at dusk. The building is the oldest part of Parliament Buildings and was completed in 1899.
Murray Hedwig Photograph
Room 2.022 Parliamentary Library Building Private Bag 18041 Parliament Buildings Wellington 6160