It was derided as a junket, but MPs on the controversial Speaker's
trip to Eastern Europe yesterday defended their two-week sojourn as
being worthwhile for New Zealand.
Last month Speaker Margaret
Wilson was accompanied on a tour of Poland, the Czech Republic and
Hungary by four MPs: Labour colleague Marian Hobbs, National MPs Brian
Connell and Katherine Rich, and New Zealand First deputy leader Peter
Climate change, New Zealand's recent free trade deal with China, and
how to develop better international understandings were discussed with
each country's leaders, says Ms Wilson.
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