Sixth Pacific Parliamentary Retreat, Wellington NZ
From 15-19 November, CDI held its sixth Pacific Parliamentary Retreat at Parliament House, Wellington. Participants came from Fiji, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and for the first time, with the assistance of NZAID, the Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga also participated. The participants were able to study the impact of a new electoral system on the NZ parliament and to see how the quality of New Zealand's democracy had been enhanced by accommodating diversity. They were able to analyse issues concerning parliamentary practices, constituency politics and anti party hopping rules that may also be applicable in their countries.
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|The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) supports the efforts of democracies in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their political systems. It provides training, technical assistance and peer support for parliamentarians, political party organisers and emerging leaders in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, with a particular focus on Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. CDI sponsors research and publications on political change and democratic governance.
Established in 1998, CDI is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The Centre is based in the Crawford School of Public Policy, part of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.