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These holidays are a great time to visit Parliament

Parliamentary tour guides invite you to visit Parliament Buildings these holidays to experience one of New Zealand’s most recognised institutions. Discover Parliament’s architecture, history and art on a professionally guided tour. Your tour includes visiting the House of Representatives where Members of Parliament debate some of the most important issues facing our country.

22 Dec 14

Young Kiwis to represent New Zealand at Commonwealth Day 2015

Two young Kiwis living in the United Kingdom will be chosen to represent New Zealand at the annual Commonwealth Day celebrations. The New Zealand Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is seeking applications from young New Zealanders to attend the event. The event is themed ‘A Young Commonwealth’ and is held on Monday 9 March 2015.

18 Dec 14

Speaker reports on Parliament’s accessibility

The Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter, has reported to the House on the accessibility of Parliament for people with disabilities.

10 Dec 14

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

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

10 Dec 14

Extended sitting of the House for Treaty settlement bills

The House will pass two Treaty of Waitangi settlement bills in an extended sitting on Wednesday, 10 December.

10 Dec 14

House goes into urgency

The House has gone into urgency to pass the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill.

09 Dec 14

This week in Parliament: 8 to 12 December

This week, the House sits for the last time in 2014.

08 Dec 14

What happens to your ballot paper?

Have you ever asked yourself what happens to your ballot paper after an election?

04 Dec 14

Electorate Profiles updated with election results

Electorate Profiles for the seven Māori and 64 general electorates in New Zealand have been updated with the 2014 general election results and statistics.

02 Dec 14

This Week in Parliament: 1 to 5 December 2014

Five sitting days are left until the end of the parliamentary year. A busy week is ahead in the House and select committees.

01 Dec 14

Strengthening Pacific parliamentary practices

A new manual for drafting members’ bills, aimed at helping other Pacific nations strengthen their parliamentary practices, was recently launched at the New Zealand Parliament.

28 Nov 14

PTV encourages public submissions for select committees

Getting involved with Parliament has become easier, with Parliament TV now featuring requests from the select committees for your views on bills and other issues. Parliament TV provides live broadcasts from the House of Representatives in Parliament.

26 Nov 14

Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill introduced under urgency

The House has passed an urgency motion for the introduction, first reading and referral to select committee of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill.

25 Nov 14

Address in Reply presented

Following tradition, the House of Representatives has thanked the Queen’s representative for opening the 51st Parliament. The Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter, presented the Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne to the Governor-General, Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, this morning.

25 Nov 14

This week in Parliament: 24 to 28 November 2014

This week is the first of three sitting weeks before the House adjourns for the year on 10 December.

24 Nov 14

Recent developments on Parliament TV

New on-screen graphics for Parliament TV will help viewers follow proceedings in the House of Representatives more easily. A new graphic feature displaying the progress of a debate is now included for first, second and third readings of bills. Visible in the top right corner, the new graphic indicates the number of the speech, e.g. Speech 1 of 12.

21 Nov 14

Speaker advocates for democratic governance at United Nations

The Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament is in New York this week attending meetings at the United Nations (UN). Rt Hon David Carter is attending a preparatory meeting for the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, which will take place in September 2015.

20 Nov 14

New Zealand represented at economic growth and development conference

This week the New Zealand Parliament is being represented at an international conference on economic growth and development.

19 Nov 14

This week in Parliament: 17 – 21 November

This is a non-sitting week in the House and no select committee meetings are scheduled, but Parliament is still open for business. Next week, the final three-week sitting block for the year will begin and there will be a comprehensive programme of select committee meetings.

17 Nov 14

Written Questions

Written questions are a key way in which the House of Representatives holds the Government to account. MPs can ask any Minister about a subject that the Minister is responsible for. There is no limit to how many questions an MP can ask.

14 Nov 14