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Address in Reply debate and maiden speeches

After the ceremony and spectacle of the State Opening, Parliament gets down to business on Tuesday afternoon with the Address in Reply debate, the House’s response to the Governor-General’s Speech from the Throne.

21 Oct 14

Election and confirmation of Speaker

At the Commission Opening earlier today members of Parliament elected Rt Hon David Carter as the Speaker for the 51st Parliament. The election of the Speaker is the first task of every new Parliament once the MPs have been sworn in.

20 Oct 14

Watch the Opening of Parliament on 20 and 21 October

“Members of the House of Representatives, Her Majesty’s Commissioners approach.” With this cue from the Serjeant-at-Arms the formal Commission Opening of the 51st Parliament will begin on Monday 20 October at 11 a.m.

17 Oct 14

Roles and regalia at the Opening of Parliament

The opening of a new Parliament is one of the few times when the Crown and the House of Representatives come together as Parliament, in a display of pomp and ceremony. People with special roles, and objects of historical significance, play an important part in this.

13 Oct 14

Massey University students display their photography at Parliament

Wavelength: A Subtle Shift in Colour is an exhibition of work from graduands of Massey University’s Diploma in Photography. It’s now showing at Parliament’s Bowen House exhibition space and also features in this month’s special art tour of Parliament.

10 Oct 14

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference and Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly

Strengthening New Zealand’s ties with parliaments from across the world will be the focus of the delegation to the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 4-10 October and the 131st Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland from 12-16 October.

08 Oct 14

Prime Minister unveils new ministerial team

The Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, has announced his ministerial team that will make up the Government for the 51st Parliament. They will be appointed by the Governor-General in a ceremony at Government House on Wednesday, 8 October.

07 Oct 14

Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference

Members of Parliament Louise Upston and Louisa Wall have been taking part in the Australasian Study of Parliament Group Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia from 1 - 3 October. The theme this year was “How representative is representative democracy”.

03 Oct 14

Next steps towards the 51st Parliament

Though the general election is over, the election night result is still provisional until 2 pm Saturday 4 October, when the Electoral Commission aims to announce the final result. Meanwhile the dates for the opening of the new Parliament have been announced as 20 October 11 a.m. for the Commission Opening and 21 October 10.30 a.m. for the State Opening.

30 Sep 14

2014 Standing Orders available

The latest edition of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives is now available in hard-copy and online. The House adopted new Standing Orders before it rose for the general election.

25 Sep 14

Induction for new members of Parliament

With the election behind them – just – there is quite a line-up organised for the new MPs as they arrive at Parliament on Monday 22 September.

22 Sep 14

Election Day

This Saturday, 20 September, is the date of the 2014 General Election. Voting booths will be open between 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. on Saturday.

19 Sep 14

Celebrating women’s right to vote

On 19 September New Zealand celebrates 121 years since the Governor signed the Electoral Bill into law giving women the right to vote to elect members of Parliament. New Zealand became the first country to do this. This is a timely reminder of the hard-fought right to vote and how important it is to enrol and vote in the General Election to be held on 20 September.

18 Sep 14

Monthly art tours at Parliament

Extra public art tours will be offered in September to coincide with the start of the 2014 World of Wearable Art Award Show. These will run on 23, 24 and 25 September from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

17 Sep 14

International Day of Democracy – the power of youth

September 15 marks the 8th International Day of Democracy, an opportunity to recognise the importance of democracy in nations around the world. This year's theme, Engaging Young People in Democracy, highlights the challenges and opportunities for young people engaging in democratic processes.

15 Sep 14

Electorate profiles

Updated Electorate profiles for each of the seven Māori and 64 general electorates in New Zealand have just been published. Based on the new electorate boundaries and latest census data – these profiles contain statistics about people, households, schools and industries, and maps.

12 Sep 14

Statistics from the 50th Parliament

Much has happened during the 50th Parliament – between the State Opening on 21 December 2011 and the sunny dissolution ceremony on 14 August 2014. Here we reflect on this by exploring some statistics.

09 Sep 14

Impact of the general election

The House sat for the last time in the 50th Parliament on 31 July and will not sit again until after the general election on 20 September. After the election, information about members and parties will be progressively updated on the website as it becomes available.

05 Sep 14

Spending limits during the regulated period for 2014 General Election

From Friday 20 June to midnight Friday 19 September, election expenses and Parliamentary Service funding have special limits on them. This ‘regulated period’ is defined in section 3B of the Electoral Act 1993.

02 Sep 14

Centenary of NZ's occupation of Samoa

One hundred years ago today the taking of German (Western) Samoa was New Zealand’s first military operation of the First World War. For many years following the war the German flag and the Union Jack which replaced it were displayed in the Parliamentary Library. They are again on display, in Parliament House, as part of the WW100 commemorations.

29 Aug 14