16 Apr 2018

Bougainville parliamentarian focused on referendum

From , 5:01 am on 16 April 2018

An MP in Bougainville's autonomous regional parliament says he relished sharing experiences of Westminster-style democracies with counterparts from around the region last week.

New Zealand's parliament last week hosted the Pacific Islands Parliamentary Workshop, for over 30 members and clerks from legislatures across the Pacific and the UK.

Organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the workshop drew parliamentarians from Bougainville, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Tonga and Vanuatu.

Bougainville's David Braun Vatavi, from Tinputz District, told Johnny Blades that  he gained useful insights on how to balance his commitments as an MP.

An MP in Bougainville's autonomous regional parliament, David Braun brown Vatavi.

David Braun Vatavi Photo: RNZ / Dominic Godfrey