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This week in Parliament: 25 to 29 May 2015

Most of the House’s time this week will be spent on the Budget debate, which is effectively the second reading of the Appropriation (2015/16 Estimates) Bill. Therefore there will be no Members’ day or general debate.

25 May 15

Parliament Releases the Virtual House App

Today Parliament released the Virtual House app to give you easier access to MPs’ contact information and insights into Parliament. Virtual House is now available from the Apple App Store and is free for anyone to download.

22 May 15

House goes into urgency on bills related to Budget 2015

The House of Representatives has gone into urgency to debate five bills coming out of Budget 2015.

21 May 15

2015 Budget to be delivered on Thursday

This Thursday after 2 p.m., the Hon. Bill English, Minister of Finance will deliver the 2015 Budget to the House of Representatives in Parliament. The Budget is an annual event that sets out the National-led Government’s economic policies and plans for spending public money in the 2015–16 financial year.

20 May 15

Have your say on Parliament’s response after a national emergency

A catalogue of emergency powers has been published, to help inform public consultation on how Parliament responds to, and leads a recovery from, a national emergency. The Regulations Review Committee has released this in an interim report and has extended the time for public submissions to 1 August 2015.

19 May 15

This week in Parliament: 18 to 22 May 2015

This week will see the Minister of Finance deliver the annual Budget on Thursday 21 May, after 2 p.m.

18 May 15

New Zealand Parliament celebrates NZ Sign Language

Parliament will have New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpretation services available for the upcoming Budget week.

15 May 15

Parliament’s art tour with NZSL interpreters

View art works by some of New Zealand’s most significant and renowned artists on an art tour of Parliament. Sign language interpretation will be provided in partnership with Deaf Aotearoa.

14 May 15

NZ Parliament continues its strong support for Fijian democracy

A delegation from Parliament is in Fiji to see the progress being made in restoring its Parliamentary democracy. The delegation’s visit takes place from 10 – 13 May and is aimed at reinforcing New Zealand’s commitment to supporting the Fijian Parliament, which was democratically elected in September 2014.

12 May 15

Radio New Zealand programmes on Parliament

Not only does Radio New Zealand (RNZ) broadcast and web stream sittings of the House, it also features daily and weekly programmes that summarise what’s going on in both the House and select committees.

08 May 15

David Wilson appointed as Clerk of the House

Parliament has welcomed David Wilson’s appointment as Clerk of the House of Representatives. His seven year term as Clerk starts on Monday 6 July 2015, following the retirement of the current Clerk, Mary Harris.

08 May 15

Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament 2015

Every year members of Parliament register their various interests, such as assets, debts, and gifts they may have received. The 2015 register, covering the period from 1 February 2014 to 31 January 2015, was presented to the House by the Speaker on Thursday, 7 May.

07 May 15

Unveiling of Victory Cross plaque

A plaque remembering those New Zealanders who were awarded the Victoria Cross during WW1 will be officially unveiled at a function at the Wellington Cenotaph stairs on Thursday 7 May 2015.

07 May 15

Pacific Parliamentarians focus on ending family violence

Three New Zealand members of Parliament (MPs) joined members from across the Pacific and Australian Parliaments for the third Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Forum in Suva, Fiji. The forum held last week had a particular focus on the role of legislators in ending family violence.

05 May 15

This week in Parliament: 4 to 8 May 2015

This week New Zealand First Party list MP Ria Bond is expected to make her maiden statement on Wednesday 6 May, between 5.45 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday will also be a Members’ day.

05 May 15

Take a tour of Parliament with Sign Language interpretation

During New Zealand Sign Language week, and in partnership with Deaf Aotearoa, the Introducing Parliament tour will be offered with an NZSL interpreter. Later in May an art tour of Parliament will also be offered with Sign Language interpretation.

01 May 15

Disclosure of expenses claimed by members of Parliament

Expenses claimed by members of Parliament for the 3 months from 1 January to 31 March 2015 have been released.

30 Apr 15

This week in Parliament: 28 April to 1 May 2015

This week the House resumes after a 3-week adjournment and is expected to hold the annual review debate, which draws to a close the annual parliamentary financial cycle.

28 Apr 15

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