19 Apr 2013

PNG speaker says NZ meeting helps to reform parliament

10:24 am on 19 April 2013

The Speaker of Papua New Guinea's parliament, Theo Zurenuoc, says interaction with the parliaments of other regional countries helps his work to reform PNG's diverse legislature.

Mr Zurenuoc is among more than 60 delegates from across the Pacific islands region who have gathered in Wellington for the inaugural Pacific Parliamentarians Forum this week.

He says the forum provides opportunities for significant regional co-operation that hasn't always been available until now.

"It is a great opportunity to bring to a particular or single venue leaders from throughout the Pacific. Unlike maybe the [Pacific Islands]Forum, this is more like an informal forum but it gives an opportunity for ordinary members of parliament or leaders in the Pacific to be able to share ideas on some issues that are common to all the Pacific nations."

"Theo Zurenuoc says PNG's government believes strongly in regional co-operation, and has already engaged the help of Solomon Islands and Queensland parliament to review the state of PNG's parliament."