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Parliament hosts Speaker of Fijian Parliament

This week Hon Dr Jiko Fatefehi Luveni, Speaker of Fiji’s Parliament, visited the New Zealand Parliament. Dr Luveni is the first woman to be appointed to the role of Speaker in Fiji. She had previously served as Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation.

27 Mar 15

MPs attend Women in Parliaments annual summit

This week female parliamentarians from around the world attended the Women in Parliaments (WIP) annual summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Two New Zealand members of Parliament, Joanne Hayes (National) and Denise Roche (Green) joined several hundred parliamentarians and leaders from 90 countries to exchange experience, insights and innovations on how best to navigate the future.

26 Mar 15

Parliament TV improvements

Watching Parliament TV (PTV) is easier than ever with a range of improvements for viewing live and on-demand web coverage of Parliament. Intuitive software now streams PTV to computers, tablets or smart phones.

24 Mar 15

This week in Parliament: 23 to 27 March 2015

Government bills (proposed laws) will take up most of the House’s time this week.

23 Mar 15

Parliament welcomes European Parliament delegation

Wine, dairy and meat were on the ‘menu’ as a European Parliament delegation visited Parliament this week to build stronger relations with New Zealand. The delegation led by Mr Michael Theurer from Germany, included members from Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.

20 Mar 15

First Members’ bills ballot of the 51st Parliament

The Members’ bills ballot since the 2014 election has been held.

19 Mar 15

Social media and Parliament - have your say

Social media is everywhere in our daily lives. Do Parliament’s rules need updating to reflect the opportunities and challenges that social media bring? That is the question before Parliament’s Privileges Committee.

18 Mar 15

House goes into urgency

The House of Representatives has gone into urgency to pass the Remuneration Authority (Members of Parliament Remuneration) Amendment Bill that’s looking at MPs’ pay.

17 Mar 15

This week in Parliament: 16 to 20 March 2015

This week may see the first Members’ bills ballot for more than a year.

16 Mar 15

Exhibition of Cook Islands art and culture at Parliament

Taku Ipukarea – My Paradise is an exhibition to commemorate 50 years of Cook Islands self-government. It’s now showing at Parliament’s Bowen House exhibition space and also features in this month’s special art tour of Parliament.

13 Mar 15

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

Time has been extended for you to have a say on how Parliament responds to and leads a recovery from a national emergency. The Regulations Review Committee wants your submission to the Inquiry into Parliament’s legislative response to future national emergencies before 1 June.

12 Mar 15

Asia-Pacific parliamentarians meet in Manila on human rights issues

Over a 100 parliamentarians, human rights and civil society representatives from across the Asia-Pacific region recently gathered in Manila to discuss the protection and promotion of human rights. Three New Zealand Members of Parliament attended the two day seminar.

11 Mar 15

This week in Parliament: 9 to 13 March 2015

This week is the first of four sitting weeks leading up to Easter.

10 Mar 15

Young Kiwis represent NZ at Commonwealth Day

Two young New Zealanders are representing New Zealand at Commonwealth Day celebrations today in London. The two representatives are Alice Wang, a New Zealand Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, and Adam Thompson, a Director of Development based in London.

09 Mar 15

By-elections and empty seats

On Saturday, 28 March 2015 a by-election will be held in Northland to choose a new MP for the electorate following the resignation of Mike Sabin.

06 Mar 15

Parliamentary Library report on 2014 General Election

“The 2014 New Zealand General Election: Final Results and Voting Statistics” is a recently published research paper from the Parliamentary Library.

04 Mar 15

Select committees busy with annual reviews

Annual reviews are how Parliament ensures that New Zealanders are getting good value from government departments and other accountable organisations.

02 Mar 15

First members' day of 2015

Wednesday, 25 February is the first members’ day of 2015.

25 Feb 15

Pacific leaders to make submission on NZ bill.

Tomorrow at Parliament, senior Pacific government leaders are making a submission in person on the Social Assistance (Portability to Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau) Bill.

24 Feb 15

This week in Parliament: 23 to 27 February 2015

This week sees the first general debate and the first Members’ day of the year.

23 Feb 15