Talks between Sri Lanka, New Zealand Speakers on boosting bilateral ties Source:Adaderana A special meeting between Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and his New Zealand counterpart Trevor Mallard was held virtually yesterday (October 21) with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations. Expressing his gratitude for opening a resident diplomatic mission of New Zealand in Colombo, the Speaker pointed out that the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, which were in existence for over 65 years, would be further expanded through this. Minister of Justice Ali Sabri PC, Secretary-General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake, Sri Lankan born MP in New Zealand Parliament Vanushi Walters and New Zealand High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Michael Appleton were present at the meeting. ...

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First Sri Lankan born New Zealand MP makes maiden speech First Sri Lankan born member of the New Zealand Parliament, Vanushi Walters, made her maiden speech to Parliament Sri Lankan born Vanushi makes her maiden speech in NZ Parliament Source: Daily Mirror Sri Lankan born member of the New Zealand Parliament Vanushi Walters during her maiden speech to the house on Wednesday made a brief statements in both Sinhala and Tamil and said that human rights belong to all. “…I was now not only a Sri Lankan but also a New Zealander, my family having arrived in 1987. I felt the rush waking up the morning after my mother told me Richard de Zoysa’s story,” Ms Walters, who is the first Sri Lankan born MP to be elected to the New Zealand Parliament told the House. “Richard was my father’s second cousin, a journalist in Sri Lanka, killed in 1990 ...

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SL born lawyer Vanushi elected New Zealand MP Photo Source: Stuff.Co.NZ Source:Dailymirror Sri Lankan born Vanushi Walters of New Zealand’s Labour Party has won the race to be Upper Harbour MP in northwest Auckland, taking over from retiring National MP Paula Bennett, Stuff. CO. NZ reported today. She claimed a narrow victory over National candidate Jake Bezzant, a former tech company chief executive and cricketer for Hamilton, receiving 14,142 votes to Bezzant’s 12,727. ...

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SL born lawyer Vanushi elected New Zealand MP     Image Source: Stuff.Co.NZ Source:Dailymirror Sri Lankan born Vanushi Walters of New Zealand’s Labour Party has won the race to be Upper Harbour MP in northwest Auckland, taking over from retiring National MP Paula Bennett, Stuff. CO. NZ reported today. She claimed a narrow victory over National candidate Jake Bezzant, a former tech company chief executive and cricketer for Hamilton, receiving 14,142 votes to Bezzant’s 12,727. ...

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