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Clerk’s retirement marked in Parliament

The Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mary Harris, retired on Friday, 3 July, after seven years in the role. Her replacement is David Wilson, who starts his seven year term on Monday, 6 July.

03 Jul 15

Contacting a Member of Parliament

The connection between MPs and the people they represent (voters) is an important feature of our democracy. MPs have many roles. They represent people’s views in the House, hold the Government to account by scrutinising their actions, and they represent their political party.

01 Jul 15

This week in Parliament: 29 June to 3 July 2015

This week the House is expected to go into an Extended Sitting, from 9 am on Wednesday 1 July.

29 Jun 15

Represent NZ at Commonwealth Youth Parliament 2015

Parliament is looking for two young kiwis to represent NZ at the 7th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Darwin, Australia from 1 to 5 November 2015.

26 Jun 15

Speakers’ Rulings 2015 edition now available

Read the 2015 edition of Speakers’ Rulings containing new rulings from the 50th Parliament (2011-2014) and statements of principle from the Review of Standing Orders.

26 Jun 15

IPU and Pacific Speakers welcomed to Parliament

Today at Parliament the Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter, welcomed the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Martin Chungong, and the Speakers from Cook Islands, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

23 Jun 15

This week in Parliament: 22 to 26 June

This week our Parliament is fortunate enough to host some very special parliamentary guests. On Tuesday 23 June Mr Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, will be welcomed on to the floor of the House of Representatives, and given a seat to the left of the Speaker.

22 Jun 15

Seminar on the significance of the UK election result

The New Zealand Chapter of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) seminar, posing the question “where to now for the United Kingdom?” will be held in Bowen House on Wednesday 24 June. The seminar will examine the potentially far-reaching constitutional implications of the recent UK parliamentary election, including Scotland and its future in the UK.

19 Jun 15

NZ takes a lead on the United Nations Security Council

New Zealand is taking a leading role on one of the biggest global stages, with the presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) starting this July. New Zealand’s position on the council is a two-year term, which started in January this year. The United Nations Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security.

18 Jun 15

This week in Parliament: 15 to 19 June 2015

The focus for this week is on Government business, with the Government seeking to make progress on a number of bills on the order paper. You can see more information on this here.

15 Jun 15

800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

The Magna Carta is an 800 year old document from Europe’s Middle Ages, yet surprisingly it still has relevance to New Zealanders today. Sealed on the banks of the River Thames on 15 June 1215, the Magna Carta forms the foundation of rights we enjoy today. Originally a treaty between King John of England and rebel Barons, it’s a document which over many centuries has shaped the exercise of power, the rights of the people, and the role of the law.

12 Jun 15

Introducing new information: Tabling of documents

As you follow the debates in Parliament’s House of Representatives, you’ll hear MPs asking to ‘table a document’- you may wonder what this means. At its simplest, tabling a document provides MPs with new information that’s not otherwise readily available.

09 Jun 15

Be the next leader of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretariat

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is undertaking a recruitment process for a new Secretary-General to head its international secretariat. The Pacific Region, as one of the nine regions of the CPA, is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates.

05 Jun 15

Detailed examination of the Budget

Following the presentation of the 2015/16 Budget to the House of Representatives on 21 May, select committees are now considering the proposals in it. The spending proposals in the Budget are divided into areas of spending known as “Votes”. Each Vote is the responsibility of a particular Minister. In presenting the Budget, the Government has asked for specified amounts of money (“appropriations”) to be made available to be spent in each Vote. These spending proposals are known as the “Estimates of appropriations”.

03 Jun 15

This week in Parliament: 1 to 5 June 2015

This week will see continuation of the Budget debate, which is effectively the second reading of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill. Government bills will be debated on Tuesday and Thursday, and Wednesday 3 June is scheduled to be a Members’ day.

02 Jun 15

Young Parliamentarians gather in Tokyo

Tokyo is hosting the second annual Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians. The conference runs from 26 to 29 May and has a theme of ‘Democracy, Peace, and Prosperity’. It brings together young members of parliaments from around the world to identify solutions to key global issues that impact heavily on youth.

29 May 15

Release of Global Connections, a Better Parliament – the New Zealand Parliament’s Draft Inter-Parliamentary Relations Strategy, 2015-2019

Parliament’s international connections help promote New Zealand’s national interests and strengthen our Parliament. They give other countries an understanding of our representative democracy and the confidence to invest in our economy, as well as growing the knowledge and understanding of New Zealand members of Parliament.

28 May 15

Warm welcome for Hansard sub-editor from Cook Islands

A warm welcome in Parliament impressed a visiting Hansard sub-editor from the Cook Islands Parliament last week. Tai Manavaroa was in New Zealand for training with Parliament’s Hansard editors, who prepare and publish reports on what MPs say in the House of Representatives.

27 May 15

This week in Parliament: 25 to 29 May 2015

Most of the House’s time this week will be spent on the Budget debate, which is effectively the second reading of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill. Therefore there will be no Members’ day or general debate.

25 May 15

Parliament Releases the Virtual House App

Today Parliament released the Virtual House app to give you easier access to MPs’ contact information and insights into Parliament. Virtual House is now available from the Apple App Store and is free for anyone to download.

22 May 15