Parliamentary Dinner

Medicines New Zealand holds an annual Parliamentary Dinner inviting top international speakers to New Zealand to provide perspective on international standards, treatments, collaborations and advancements in health.


The 2020 Medicines New Zealand Parliamentary Dinner was hosted by the Health Minister, Hon Chris Hipkins.


The format of this year's Parliamentary Dinner was somewhat different to previous years -  due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we could not have an overseas guest speaker. Instead we arranged a panel discussion on an NZ-specific theme “Medicines Inequity - the problems & potential solutions” - a topic of particular relevance to Māori and Pacific communities.

Our expert panelists were:

  • Mr Todd Krieble – Deputy CEO, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER)
  • Dr Apisalome Talemaitoga – Pasifika GP Network
  • Ms Leanne Te Karu – Pharmacist Prescriber
  • Dr Nina Scott – Public Health Doctor


Thought-provoking presentations about medicines inequity and poor health outcomes for Māori and Pacific peoples were followed by a lively discussion of innovative solutions to improve access to medicines by these disadvantaged ethnic groups. Proposed solutions included approaches recognising the cultural values and needs of Māori and Pacific peoples, alternative approaches to medicines funding including allowing  the money to follow the patient, increasing Māori and Pasifika participation in clinical research trials so we have real world data, and providing resourcing and workforce to work through these issues.


The Parliamentary Dinner was attended by MP’s, health specialists, researchers, patient group representatives, pharmaceutical representatives and industry associations.

Watch the 2020 highlights video here.




The 2019 Parliamentary Dinner guest speaker Sir Andrew Dillon, CEO (now former) of National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) UK, discussed how innovation and adoption is a shared challenge for industry and health systems.


Watch the 2019 highlights video.



The 2018 Parliamentary Dinner guest speakers Professor John Zalcberg and Richard Vines, Co-Chairs of the National Oncology Alliance held an open format discussion about changing the health system: evolution or revolution?


Watch the 2018 highlights video.