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Facade of Parliament House.

Facade of Parliament House. Photo: Parliamentary Collection.

9 July 2009
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What happens when the House is not sitting

The House of Representatives adjourned on Thursday, 2 July 2009, and will next sit on Tuesday, 21 July 2009. The time between two sittings of the House is called an “adjournment period”. While the House itself is not sitting during this time, the work of Parliament goes on in other ways.

In adjournment periods, members may have greater opportunity to spend time in their electorates meeting and talking with constituents. A number of members also are involved in select committee meetings over this two-week period. These include:

  • the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee is travelling to Tonga, Samoa, Niue and the Cook Islands for four days, from Tuesday 7 July to Friday 10 July, as part of its inquiry into New Zealand’s relationships with the South Pacific countries. The committee is hearing views of Pacific people on economic development, aid and other aspects of New Zealand’s relationships with other Pacific Forum nations.
  • the Auckland Governance Legislation Committee is meeting in Auckland from 6 to 10 July to hear submissions on the Local Government (Auckland Council) Bill. A subcommittee hearing submissions on the bill is also meeting at three marae in Auckland from 8 to 10 July.

A schedule of all select committee meetings is published weekly.

Members of Parliament who are ministers continue with their Government work as usual.