This evening Dame Cindy hosted members of the Association of Former Members of Parliament. The Association promotes ongoing fellowship and camaraderie amongst its members, who come from all sides of the House of Representatives.
The Association is committed to increasing understanding and appreciation of the democratic process. Members visit schools and the Association administers an essay competition amongst secondary school students. Dame Cindy presented the winning student Isla Willacy and runner-up Olivia Zhu with certificates. The prizes were donated by the New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust.
To read Dame Cindy's speech, go to this link Reception for the Association of Former Members of Parliament 2023.
To see images from the reception, go to this link Reception for the Association of Former Members of Parliament 2023