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2016 Budget Day

Following on from our ‘Dollars and sense: what is Budget Day?’ feature, here are the details of what is happening today at Parliament for Budget Day.

26 May 16

Treaty settlement bills debated in the House

Parliament goes into extended hours this Wednesday to debate another series of historic Treaty of Waitangi settlement bills.

24 May 16

This week in Parliament: 23 to 27 May 2016

This week in Parliament sees the delivery of Budget 2016 on Thursday. The House will have New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreters on hand to interpret the Budget Statement and the speeches of party leaders.

23 May 16

Dollars and sense: what is Budget Day?

Budget Day brings more hype and anticipation to Parliament than almost any other event because it affects the wallets of every New Zealander.

20 May 16

Rewriting 50 years of social security laws

New Zealanders can have their say on proposed policy changes in a bill that significantly rewrites our social security laws. The aim of the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill is to make the existing Social Security Act 1964 (SSA) easier to read and use and be less open to interpretation and challenge.

18 May 16

How do criminals get illegal guns?

The Law and Order Select Committee wants your help to understand the issues around the criminal possession of illegal firearms in New Zealand.

17 May 16

Mix art with High Tea at Parliament

You can now combine High Tea in Bellamy’s with a guided tour of Parliament’s historic and contemporary artworks. A 60 minute art tour is being held at 2pm on Friday 20 May. The tour is then followed by a High Tea in Bellamy’s dining room in the Beehive.

16 May 16

Parliament celebrates 10 years of NZSL as an official NZ language.

Did you know that New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is used by more than 20,000 Kiwis? It’s also 10 years since NZSL became an official language with the passing of the New Zealand Sign Language Bill in April 2006.

12 May 16

“Netflix tax” bill passed

Parliament has passed a tax bill covering student loan defaulters, overseas property speculators, and internet purchases – sometimes referred to as the ‘Netflix tax’.

11 May 16

Turkish Speaker visits Parliament

The Turkish flag is flying over Parliament today in honour of the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. His Excellency Ismail Kahraman led a delegation of 10 Turkish MPs on an official visit to Parliament today.

10 May 16

This week in Parliament 9 to 13 May 2016

This week is New Zealand Sign Language Week. To celebrate, the House will have NZSL interpreters on hand to interpret question time.

09 May 16

Women MPs meet in Jordan

This week female parliamentarians from around the world are attending the Women in Parliaments Global Forum Summit in Amman, Jordan.

04 May 16

MPs from the National Assembly of France visit New Zealand’s Parliament

Members of the National Assembly of France are visiting New Zealand from 1 to 5 May 2016.

04 May 16

Government spending: the annual review debate continues

The annual review debate, looking at Government spending in the last financial year, continues on Tuesday 3 May.

03 May 16

This week in Parliament: 2 to 6 May 2016

This week the House returns to action following a two-week recess. The Government has signalled that it will look to make progress on the Annual Review debate.

02 May 16

Interns experience Parliament first hand

Ten new interns from the Victoria University of Wellington’s Political Science and International Relations Programme have recently begun their one-day per week placement in a member of Parliament’s office.

29 Apr 16

Disclosure of expenses claimed by members of Parliament

Every three months we release expense claims submitted by members of Parliament (MPs).

28 Apr 16

Flags at Parliament

When you visit Parliament, you’ll sometimes see flags from other countries being flown on the forecourt area.

26 Apr 16

Parliament in War Time tours

Over the next two weeks, Parliament is commemorating Anzac Day with special tours focusing on the people and historic events relating to Parliament during WWI.

22 Apr 16

90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

On the occasion of the Queen’s 90th birthday we’re taking a quick look at her links to our Parliament.

21 Apr 16