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Cross-Tasman Conference at Parliament

Modernising Parliament for future generations was the recent focus of a two-day Australasian Study of Parliament Group (ASPG) conference

07 Oct 15

Whanganui and Taranaki artists on display at Parliament

From ceramics and sculpture to photography and drawings, ‘Artistry’ is a mixed media exhibition by 37 artists from the Whanganui and South Taranaki region. Curated by local glassblower Katie Brown and painter Jilly Hare, the exhibition features a diverse selection of 46 works, such as landscape paintings by MP Chester Borrows.

06 Oct 15

Parliamentary Service 30th anniversary

This October marks the 30th anniversary of the Parliamentary Service, an organisation that provides services to MPs and the House of Representatives, and administers Parliament’s buildings and grounds.

02 Oct 15

Still time to become a Youth MP at 2016 Youth Parliament

In a few weeks’ time, participants for the 2016 New Zealand Youth Parliament will be announced, but there’s still time to get your Youth MP or Youth Press Gallery application in.

30 Sep 15

Captioning service offers new way to follow question time

There’s a new way to follow question time in Parliament, thanks to captioning of the question time video on-demand service.

28 Sep 15

Visitors from the Australian Parliament

The President of the Australian Senate, the Hon Stephen Parry, and a delegation from the Australian Joint Committee Public Accounts and Audit, visited Parliament this week.

25 Sep 15

Use of social media in Parliament explored

Should members of Parliament (MPs) be allowed to post what the Speaker says in the House of Representatives? Is taking a selfie while the House sits appropriate? These are some of the questions about MPs using social media in Parliament that are explored in a recent report by Parliament’s Privileges Committee.

23 Sep 15

This week in Parliament: 21 to 25 September 2015

After question time on Tuesday, 22 September, the House is expected to continue the committee stages of a number of Government bills

22 Sep 15

This week in Parliament: 21 to 25 September 2015

After question time on Tuesday, 22 September, the House is expected to continue the committee stages of a number of Government bills

22 Sep 15

New information about MPs on this website

If you want information about members of Parliament (MPs), visit the Parliament website. The biography pages for current MPs have been updated, with new links and information about each MP’s career in Parliament.

18 Sep 15

International Day of Democracy targets public involvement

Today is the United Nations’ seventh annual International Day of Democracy. As a New Zealander, you have both rights and responsibilities to take part in our democracy. These include voting in elections, being informed by Parliament about public affairs, being free to have political conversations, and showing tolerance for peoples’ different political views.

15 Sep 15

This week in Parliament: 15 to 17 September 2015

This week will include a Members’ Day on Wednesday, an extended sitting of the House on Thursday, and debate on a wide range of issues throughout. After question time on Tuesday 15 September, the Government plans to begin the first reading of several bills.

14 Sep 15

NZ perspectives shared with ASEAN Inter-parliamentary Assembly

New Zealand’s perspectives on gender equality, narrowing development gaps, rights of the elderly, and higher education are being shared at the Association of South East Asian Nations Inter-parliamentary Assembly (AIPA).

11 Sep 15

Waiata marking Treaty settlements a poignant moment in Parliament

It’s a poignant moment when Treaty of Waitangi claims are settled and become law, and waiata are sung in Parliament’s debating chamber.

09 Sep 15

This week in Parliament: 7 to 11 September 2015

This week sees the House return after a one week break. After question time on Tuesday 8 September, the Government plans to debate two bills which aim to improve compliance with existing tax laws.

07 Sep 15

Mataura River Art Project on display at Parliament

Twenty-one primary schools located around Southland’s Mataura River have produced 600 artworks as part of the Mataura River Art Project. Around 200 of those artworks are currently on display at Parliament.

04 Sep 15

Speakers gather to promote global peace and democracy

The New Zealand Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter, has joined more than 130 fellow Speakers at the Fourth World Conference of Speakers being held at the United Nations in New York this week.

01 Sep 15

Young Australian political leaders visited New Zealand

Cross-Tasman ties were strengthened when the New Zealand Parliament hosted a delegation of six Australian political staff members from 22 to 28 August 2015.

31 Aug 15

25th anniversary of the NZ Bill of Rights Act

The US has their Constitution, the UK the Magna Carta. For New Zealand one of our most important laws is the NZ Bill of Rights Act, which is 25 years old this week.

27 Aug 15

Organ Donors Bill being considered in the House today

New Zealand has one of the lowest rates of live organ donation in the world. This is partly because organ donors need time off to recover, which can be a financial strain.

26 Aug 15