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Templeton Scholar hosted by press gallery

The parliamentary press gallery recently hosted Georgina Stylianou as the 2014 Ian Templeton Scholar. The scholarship is awarded each year to an up-and-coming journalist who would like to work in the parliamentary press gallery in the future.

11 Jul 14

House will rise on 31 July

The House will rise on 31 July for the last time in the 50th Parliament. Before that there is some essential work to be completed.

08 Jul 14

Parliament hosts Lesotho MPs and staff

Members and staff of the Lesotho Parliament are in Wellington this week to study New Zealand’s MMP voting system and independent public service. Led by the Deputy Prime Minister of Lesotho, Hon Mothetjoa Metsing, the high-level group includes a number of Ministers, opposition MPs, and civil servants.

04 Jul 14

New Zealand Parliament represented at conference in Samoa

The Deputy Speaker, Eric Roy, and Deputy Clerk, Debra Angus, are in Samoa this week for the 45th Conference of Presiding Officers and Clerks.

02 Jul 14

Parliament and the general election

‘Parliament and the general election’ is one of the ‘Parliament Brief’ fact sheets available on this website to help people understand Parliament and its processes. It explains how one Parliament ends and how a new Parliament starts.

01 Jul 14

What’s happening in the House this week?

Business planned for the House of Representatives this week includes progress on: the Appropriation (2013/14 Supplementary Estimates) Bill; the Gambling Amendment Bill (No 2); and a number of other bills on the Order Paper.

30 Jun 14

Parliament hosts two visiting Speakers

Parliament hosted the Speakers of two overseas Parliaments this week. The visitors were the Marshal (Speaker) of the Senate of the Republic of Poland, His Excellency Bogdan Borusewicz, and the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory of Australia, the Hon Kezia Purick.

27 Jun 14

Canterbury University students visit Parliament

From a meeting with the Prime Minister to a talanoa at the Fijian High Commission, Honours and Masters’ students in Political Science, Diplomacy and International Relations gained insights into real world politics on their annual field trip to Wellington.

25 Jun 14

Imprest Supply and Supplementary Estimates

It is a long-standing constitutional principle that appropriation of public funds must be approved by Parliament through the passing of laws authorising expenditure. As part of the process for ensuring parliamentary oversight of the spending of public money, the House will today debate the second reading of the Appropriation (2013/14 Supplementary Estimates) Bill.

24 Jun 14

What’s happening in the House this week?

Business planned for the House of Representatives this week includes progress on: the Appropriation (2013/14 Supplementary Estimates) Bill; bills divided from the Companies and Limited Partnerships Amendment Bill; and a number of other bills on the Order Paper.

23 Jun 14

New Zealand hosts 4th Parliamentary Study Programme

Parliamentary staff from across the Pacific were hosted in Wellington this week for the fourth New Zealand Parliamentary Study Programme. The programme focused on the core roles of the House and its committees in law-making, scrutiny and oversight.

20 Jun 14

New Zealand MPs attend London seminar

Two MPs, Tim Macindoe and Andrew Williams, are in London this week for the 63rd Westminster Seminar on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure. Hosted by the United Kingdom branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, the seminar runs from 15 to 21 June.

18 Jun 14

House debates performance of wider State sector

The House of Representatives will debate the performance and current operations of Crown entities, State enterprises, and public organisations this week.

17 Jun 14

What’s happening in the House this week?

Business planned for the House of Representatives this week includes progress on: Taxation (Annual Rates, Employee Allowances, and Remedial Matters) Bill; the Veterans’ Support Bill; and the consideration of the performance and current operations of State enterprises, Crown entities, and public organisations.

16 Jun 14

New online resources to support learning about Parliament

A new interactive timeline, exploring 100 dates in the history of the New Zealand Parliament, is now available on this website. Also now online are the 'Explore Parliament ' materials for primary and secondary students and teachers, and a bilingual resource, ‘Tō Tātou Whare’, for Māori medium teachers and students.

12 Jun 14

Filling a seat vacancy in the House of Representatives between elections

Seats become vacant in the House of Representatives for different reasons, normally because of the resignation or death of a member of Parliament. The process for filling a vacant seat depends on whether it is a list seat or an electorate seat.

09 Jun 14

What is an urgent debate?

An urgent debate is a debate held with permission from the Speaker to discuss a matter of urgent public importance. The debate is held after question time and before the first business item of the day. An application for an urgent debate can be made by any member of Parliament who is not a Minister.

06 Jun 14

Accessible version of report on the Inquiry into the accessibility of services to Parliament

A basic text version of the Government Administration Committee’s report on the Inquiry into the accessibility of services to Parliament has now been published.

04 Jun 14

Recent Commonwealth Parliamentary Association events

This week Parliament hosted six MPs from the United Kingdom branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The delegation met with members of the New Zealand Parliament and was introduced to the House on Wednesday.

30 May 14

Parliament and Samoan Language Week

This week is Vaiaso o le Gagana Sāmoa/ Samoan Language Week, which runs from 26 May to 1 June and celebrates the importance of the Samoan language in New Zealand life. A number of events involving Parliament and MPs have recognised New Zealand’s close relationship with Samoa.

29 May 14