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The role of MPs in promoting human rights

Last week the New Zealand Parliament hosted a regional seminar in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

03 Aug 15

Still time to book for Festival of Parliament

Running until 5 August, the first Festival of Parliament provides new opportunities for you to find out more about your Parliament. The range of events – which include panel sessions, discussions and tours – take place in Bowen House, the Beehive, Parliament House and the Parliamentary Library.

30 Jul 15

Disclosure of expenses claimed by members of Parliament

Expenses claimed by members of Parliament for the 3 months from 1 April to 30 June 2015 have been released.

30 Jul 15

Tā te Pāremata hanga ture

E wātea atu ana i te wā tonu nei i runga i te pae tukutuku nei tētahi rauemi reorua hou, e whakamārama ana i roto i ngā reo e rua, te reo Pākehā me Te Reo Māori, te mutunga mai o tētahi pire hei ture.

29 Jul 15

This week in Parliament: 27 to 31 July 2015

After question time on Tuesday, 28 July, the Government has announced its intention to proceed with the second reading of the New Zealand Flag Referendums Bill. Following this the House is expected to continue the debate on the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill, widely referred to as the Estimates debate.

27 Jul 15

Festival of Parliament – celebrating 150 years of Parliament in Wellington

The first Festival of Parliament brings together a range of events for you to find out more about your Parliament. Events run from 27 July to 5 August and take place in Bowen House, the Beehive, Parliament House, and the Parliamentary Library.

24 Jul 15

Famous album covers are re-imagined by young disabled New Zealanders

Recreated iconic album covers showing young disabled people in place of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Lorde and more, can be seen in Parliament’s latest art exhibition.

22 Jul 15

This week in Parliament: 20 to 24 July 2015

After question time on Tuesday 21 July, the House is expected to debate the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill

21 Jul 15

Canterbury University students visit Parliament

Students from the Honours and Masters Programmes in Political Science and Diplomacy and International Relations at the University of Canterbury gained invaluable insights into real world politics on their annual field trip to Wellington.

17 Jul 15

Women parliamentarians connect at regional conference

New Zealand MPs Jan Logie and Sue Moroney participated in the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Australia Region inaugural conference held in Sydney this week. The conference connected women parliamentarians from across the Australia and Pacific regions, with a programme designed to inspire, foster relationships and develop parliamentary skills.

10 Jul 15

Seminar on rethinking Parliament for future generations

The New Zealand Chapter of the Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) is holding a seminar to celebrate 150 years of Wellington hosting our Parliament.

09 Jul 15

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