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Written questions resume for 2016

Parliament’s bells are ringing, the Speaker is in procession—it must be time for members of Parliament to return to Wellington. It’s also time for MPs to start sending written questions to Ministers again.

12 Feb 16

International Treaties and TPPA

Parliament is involved in international treaties such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). This feature gives you an insight into what happens when Parliament looks at an international treaty and will help you find the TPPA documents on our website.

10 Feb 16

This week in Parliament: 9 to 12 February 2016

This week sees the official kick-off of the parliamentary year, with the main item of business being the Prime Minister’s statement. The Prime Minister’s statement takes precedence over all other business, however, the debate may be adjourned, so the House can deal with other Government business, such as the:

09 Feb 16

Debate on Prime Minister’s Statement begins Parliament’s year

The House sits for the first time this year on Tuesday 9 February at 2 pm, with the debate on the Prime Minister’s statement.

09 Feb 16

First ‘Mondayised’ Waitangi Day coming up

This coming Monday, 8 February will be the first ‘Mondayised’ public holiday for Waitangi Day under the Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Act 2013.

06 Feb 16

Information on Parliament now easier to access

Want to know what happened in Parliament recently? Keeping up to date with Parliament’s work is now quicker and easier, with the Parliamentary Bulletin now available as a PDF from this website.

04 Feb 16

Tours of Parliament in Mandarin

Mandarin speakers are invited to a tour of Parliament given in Mandarin.

01 Feb 16

Health Committee considers medically-assisted dying

The Health Committee is investigating the choice to end one’s life. This comes in response to a petition presented to Parliament by Maryan Street.

28 Jan 16

MPs broaden relationships in the Asia Pacific region

This week New Zealand MPs Lindsay Tisch, Poto Williams and Richard Prosser participated in the 24th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) held in Vancouver, Canada.

22 Jan 16

Landscapes art tour at Parliament this Friday

Do you love art? Come visit Parliament and view artworks by some of New Zealand’s most significant and renowned artists. Parliament’s free monthly art tours start again for 2016 on Friday 22 January.

20 Jan 16

NZ and Australian parliamentary staff hold WW1 commemoration ceremony

On 20 January, a World War One commemoration ceremony is being held by parliamentary staff from New Zealand and Australia. In association with the New Zealand Defence Force, the wreath laying ceremony remembers the people from the New Zealand and Australian parliaments that served in World War One.

18 Jan 16

Parliamentary staff gather to share ideas

Staff who get close to the action in parliaments across Australia and New Zealand will gather to share ideas next week. A range of parliamentary staff, including Clerks-at-the-Table—who do some of their work right inside the debating chamber—will gather for the Australia and New Zealand Association of Clerks-at-the-Table (ANZACATT) professional development seminar.

14 Jan 16

Represent New Zealand at Commonwealth Day 2016

Two young Kiwis living in the United Kingdom will be chosen to represent New Zealand at the annual Commonwealth Day celebrations in London.

11 Jan 16

Explore Parliament these holidays

Parliamentary tour guides invite you to visit Parliament Buildings these holidays to experience one of New Zealand’s most recognised institutions.

08 Jan 16

Speaker to represent New Zealand at Commonwealth Conference

The Speaker will represent New Zealand at the 23rd Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) in Malaysia from 9 to 14 January 2016. The Clerk of the House, David Wilson, will also attend the conference.

05 Jan 16

Explore Parliament these holidays

Parliamentary tour guides invite you to visit Parliament Buildings these holidays to experience one of New Zealand’s most recognised institutions.

23 Dec 15

Make a submission this summer

The House of Representatives next sits on 9 February 2016 but meantime you can still have your say on a number of topics that are currently before select committees.

22 Dec 15

House adopts 2016 sitting programme and finishes for the year

Wednesday saw the House of Representatives adopt the 2016 sitting programme and hold the adjournment debate, before finishing for the year.

10 Dec 15

‘One man, one vote’ - 125 years since the end of plural voting

125 years ago on 5 December 1890, the first ‘one man, one vote’ election in New Zealand was held. For the first time people could only vote once – a practice that continues to this day.

08 Dec 15

This week in Parliament: 7 to 11 December 2015

This week sees the House sit for the last time in 2015, before MPs head back to their electorates to carry out pre-Christmas work.

07 Dec 15