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Two party whips approach the Speaker-Elect with members applauding.

Party whips about to usher the Speaker-Elect to the Chair. Photo: Parliament TV.

1 February 2013
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Election of new Speaker confirmed

Members of Parliament have elected a new Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Rt Hon David Carter. His election was confirmed by the Governor-General on Thursday 31 January, following the resignation of Dr The Rt Hon Lockwood Smith from that office.

Following his election, the Speaker-Elect addressed the House, closing with his intention to strive to maintain the dignity of the House in an unbiased fashion. This was followed by congratulatory speeches from party leaders and other members.

The Speaker-Elect then adjourned the House until Tuesday 12 February, and departed for Government House to seek confirmation from the Governor-General.

The new Speaker entered Parliament in 1994 and was previously the Minister for Primary Industries and the Minister of Local Government. The Rt Hon David Carter is the 29th Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament (the first was appointed in 1854).