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Parliament in War Time tours

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, special tours focusing on historic events relating to Parliament during WW1 will be offered over the next two weeks. Two 60 minute Parliament in War Time tours will be held on Saturday 25 April at 11.30 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.

23 Apr 15

First ‘Mondayised’ public holiday coming up

This coming Monday, 27 April will be the first ‘Mondayised’ public holiday under the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Act 2013.

21 Apr 15

History of the Wellington cenotaph

Parliament became associated with Anzac Day commemorations in Wellington soon after the First World War. In 1920 the RSA erected a temporary wood and plaster cenotaph on the grass triangle at the junction of Molesworth Street and Lambton Quay. It was based on the iconic Whitehall cenotaph in London. Its location was part of Parliament grounds in those days.

20 Apr 15

Parliament needs you

The Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives is looking for eight people to step into new roles that support the vital work of select committees.

17 Apr 15

Parliament needs you

The Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives is looking for eight people to step into new roles that support the vital work of select committees.

17 Apr 15

Honouring Cook Islands soldiers in WW1

One hundred white crosses have appeared on Parliament’s front lawn to honour more than 500 Cook Islands soldiers who served in World War One under the New Zealand flag. The crosses are part of a commemorative ceremony held at Parliament today.

17 Apr 15

Changes to format of legislation

Readers of legislation may notice some changes in the format of Bills, Acts, and Legislative Instruments published after 11 April 2015. The changes have been made in response to user demands, but have no legal effect—they don’t change the meaning of legislation.

14 Apr 15

Honouring New Zealand's World War One sacrifices

A New Zealand delegation led by the Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter, has attended three commemorative World War One events in France during its recent visit. The delegation laid a wreath and placed poppies on the headstones of New Zealand soldiers who gave their lives during the Battle of the Somme, and honoured the sacrifices of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company for their part in the Battle of Arras.

13 Apr 15

Mix art with High Tea at Parliament

You can now combine High Tea in Bellamy’s with a guided tour of Parliament’s historic and contemporary artworks.

10 Apr 15

Interns experience Parliament first hand

Parliament is hosting 14 Political Science and International Relations Programme interns from Victoria University. This year-long internship for honours students gives them first-hand experience of parliament and politics in action.

08 Apr 15

MPs attend Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Viet Nam

Three New Zealand MPs are amongst representatives of 127 countries meeting at the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Viet Nam this week.

01 Apr 15

This week in Parliament: 30 March to 2 April 2015

This is the last sitting week before the Easter break. Government bills will be debated on Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesday 1 April is scheduled to be a Members’ day.

31 Mar 15

Parliament hosts Speaker of Fijian Parliament

This week Hon Dr Jiko Fatefehi Luveni, Speaker of Fiji’s Parliament, visited the New Zealand Parliament. Dr Luveni is the first woman to be appointed to the role of Speaker in Fiji. She had previously served as Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation.

27 Mar 15

MPs attend Women in Parliaments annual summit

This week female parliamentarians from around the world attended the Women in Parliaments (WIP) annual summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Two New Zealand members of Parliament, Joanne Hayes (National) and Denise Roche (Green) joined several hundred parliamentarians and leaders from 90 countries to exchange experience, insights and innovations on how best to navigate the future.

26 Mar 15

Parliament TV improvements

Watching Parliament TV (PTV) is easier than ever with a range of improvements for viewing live and on-demand web coverage of Parliament. Intuitive software now streams PTV to computers, tablets or smart phones.

24 Mar 15

This week in Parliament: 23 to 27 March 2015

Government bills (proposed laws) will take up most of the House’s time this week.

23 Mar 15

Parliament welcomes European Parliament delegation

Wine, dairy and meat were on the ‘menu’ as a European Parliament delegation visited Parliament this week to build stronger relations with New Zealand. The delegation led by Mr Michael Theurer from Germany, included members from Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

20 Mar 15

First Members’ bills ballot of the 51st Parliament

The Members’ bills ballot since the 2014 election has been held.

19 Mar 15

Social media and Parliament - have your say

Social media is everywhere in our daily lives. Do Parliament’s rules need updating to reflect the opportunities and challenges that social media bring? That is the question before Parliament’s Privileges Committee.

18 Mar 15

House goes into urgency

The House of Representatives has gone into urgency to pass the Remuneration Authority (Members of Parliament Remuneration) Amendment Bill that’s looking at MPs’ pay.

17 Mar 15