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A great time to visit Parliament

During these holidays parliamentary tour guides invite you to visit and take a tour of Parliament Buildings. Come and learn how the country’s laws are made and discover architecture, history and art on a professionally guided tour.

16 Apr 14

What’s happening in the House this week?

Business planned for the House of Representatives this week includes progress on: the Vulnerable Children Bill; the Victims of Crime Reform Bill; and the Victims Orders Against Violent Offenders Bill.

15 Apr 14

Vaka Fa'aola—Polynesian Creations exhibition

An exhibition of colourful woven baskets and mats is showing at Parliament’s Bowen House exhibition space. Items in the exhibit have been made from recycled materials by prisoners from the Spring Hill Corrections Facility’s Pacific Focus Unit (Vaka Fa’aola).

10 Apr 14

Parliament and the general election

‘Parliament and the general election’ is one of the ‘Parliament Brief’ fact sheets available on this website to help people understand Parliament and its processes.

09 Apr 14

What’s happening in the House this week?

Business planned for the House of Representatives this week includes progress on: the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill; the Land Transport and Road User Charges Legislation Amendment Bill; and the Credit Contracts and Financial Services Law Reform Bill.

08 Apr 14

Parliamentary interns to work with members of Parliament

Parliament will host nine interns this year as part of a course offered by the Victoria University Political Science and International Relations Programme. The programme is run in association with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Parliamentary Service.

04 Apr 14

Young New Zealanders take part in Commonwealth Day celebrations in London

Tehnuka Ilanko, a PhD student at Cambridge University, and Tredegar Hall, a Master’s degree graduate from Waikato University, represented New Zealand at Commonwealth Day celebrations in London on 10 March. The year’s theme was ’Team Commonwealth’.

01 Apr 14

Civics in the classroom

Teachers are invited to a presentation by the Electoral Commission and Education Services at Parliament from 4.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., Thursday 10 April, 2014. We will be introducing some exciting new classroom resources about elections and how Parliament works.

28 Mar 14

New Zealand and Pacific staff in parliamentary workshop

Debra Angus, Deputy Clerk of the New Zealand House of Representatives, and Helena Strange, Clerk of Committee, will be joining staff from Pacific Island parliaments at a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association staff development workshop hosted by the Parliament of the Cook Islands from 25 -27 March.

25 Mar 14

New Zealand Speaker and Clerk visit Australian parliaments

The Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament, the Rt Hon David Carter, and the Clerk of the House, Mary Harris, will be in Australia as guests of the Australian Parliament from 23-28 March. The visit will include meetings with colleagues in the Australian Federal Parliament and the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales parliaments.

21 Mar 14

Flags on Parliament’s forecourt

People who visit Parliament’s grounds will notice the variety of flags that are flown on the forecourt. But how do the flags get there, and why are they flown?

18 Mar 14

What’s happening in the House this week?

Business planned for the House of Representatives this week includes progress on: the Electoral Amendment Bill; the Industry Training and Apprenticeships Amendment Bill; and the Land Transport and Road User Charges Legislation Amendment Bill.

17 Mar 14

New Zealand MPs at the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

A delegation of three New Zealand members of Parliament is attending the 130th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16–20 March 2014. The delegation is being led by Hon Tau Henare MP, and includes Sue Moroney MP and Dr Kennedy Graham MP.

13 Mar 14

Upcoming webcasting of select committees

A hearing of evidence by Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee will be webcast live today between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The committee will hear evidence from the Governor of the Reserve Bank about the Monetary Policy Statement March 2014, which was issued this morning.

13 Mar 14

Debate on the Budget Policy Statement

The Government’s Budget Policy Statement, or BPS, will be debated in Parliament on Wednesday, 12 March 2014. The debate follows recent consideration of this year’s BPS by the Finance and Expenditure Committee.

11 Mar 14

What’s happening in the House this week?

Business planned for the House of Representatives this week includes progress on the Electoral Amendment Bill, the Families Commission Amendment Bill and the Border Processing (Trade Single Window and Duties) Bill.

10 Mar 14

Financial review debate this week

Each year the financial review process in Parliament includes extensive review of public sector performance by select committees and a debate in the House. The financial review debate is an opportunity to debate the Government’s performance in the previous financial year. The debate must be held no later than 31 March each year.

04 Mar 14

What’s happening in the House this week?

Business planned for the House of Representatives this week includes progress on: the Appropriation (2012/13 Financial Review) Bill, which involves a debate commonly referred to as the financial review debate; the Electoral Amendment Bill; and a number of other bills on the Order Paper.

03 Mar 14

Government House public open days

The Governor-General of New Zealand, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, and Lady Janine Mateparae, will open their Government House residence to the public on Friday, 28 February and Saturday, 1 March from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

28 Feb 14

Parliament’s Serjeant-at-Arms

The Serjeant-at-Arms is a permanent, non-political officer of the House who is responsible to the Speaker. At the start of each sitting day the Serjeant-at-Arms leads the Speaker into the House. He/she carries the Mace into the Chamber, announces the Speaker’s arrival, and then places the Mace on the Table of the House.

26 Feb 14