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Election Day

This Saturday, 20 September, is the date of the 2014 General Election. Voting booths will be open between 9.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. on Saturday.

19 Sep 14

Celebrating women’s right to vote

On 19 September New Zealand celebrates 121 years since the Governor signed the Electoral Bill into law giving women the right to vote to elect members of Parliament. New Zealand became the first country to do this. This is a timely reminder of the hard-fought right to vote and how important it is to enrol and vote in the General Election to be held on 20 September.

18 Sep 14

Monthly art tours at Parliament

Extra public art tours will be offered in September to coincide with the start of the 2014 World of Wearable Art Award Show. These will run on 23, 24 and 25 September from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

17 Sep 14

International Day of Democracy – the power of youth

September 15 marks the 8th International Day of Democracy, an opportunity to recognise the importance of democracy in nations around the world. This year's theme, Engaging Young People in Democracy, highlights the challenges and opportunities for young people engaging in democratic processes.

15 Sep 14

Electorate profiles

Updated Electorate profiles for each of the seven Māori and 64 general electorates in New Zealand have just been published. Based on the new electorate boundaries and latest census data – these profiles contain statistics about people, households, schools and industries, and maps.

12 Sep 14

Statistics from the 50th Parliament

Much has happened during the 50th Parliament – between the State Opening on 21 December 2011 and the sunny dissolution ceremony on 14 August 2014. Here we reflect on this by exploring some statistics.

09 Sep 14

Impact of the general election

The House sat for the last time in the 50th Parliament on 31 July and will not sit again until after the general election on 20 September. After the election, information about members and parties will be progressively updated on the website as it becomes available.

05 Sep 14

Spending limits during the regulated period for 2014 General Election

From Friday 20 June to midnight Friday 19 September, election expenses and Parliamentary Service funding have special limits on them. This ‘regulated period’ is defined in section 3B of the Electoral Act 1993.

02 Sep 14

Centenary of NZ's occupation of Samoa

One hundred years ago today the taking of German (Western) Samoa was New Zealand’s first military operation of the First World War. For many years following the war the German flag and the Union Jack which replaced it were displayed in the Parliamentary Library. They are again on display, in Parliament House, as part of the WW100 commemorations.

29 Aug 14

Monthly art tours at Parliament

Regular public art tours are now available. They will visit the Bowen House Exhibition Space and other areas across Parliament, viewing a variety of historical and contemporary art from the Parliamentary Collection. High Tea will also be available on 26 September.

26 Aug 14

Voting age reduced to 18 years in 1974

Pressure to reduce the voting age mounted during the 1960s. The voting age had remained at 21 since New Zealanders voted for their first MPs in the mid-1800s.

22 Aug 14

Writ Day

Today the Governor-General issued the writ, which is the formal direction to the Electoral Commission to hold the 2014 general election. It officially sets the date for the election to be held, the closing date for candidate nominations and the latest date for the return of the writ with the final election results. It is issued within seven days of the dissolution of the previous Parliament.

20 Aug 14

Consultation on revision programme to improve readability of Acts of Parliament

The House has adopted a new procedure to make it easier for revision bills to be passed. Revision bills are special bills that make Acts clearer without changing their meaning. Over time they will systematically improve New Zealand’s statute book.

18 Aug 14

Unfinished business of the 50th Parliament

The 50th Parliament was dissolved at a ceremony on 14 August 2014. All unfinished business still before the House at that time has now lapsed.

15 Aug 14

Next steps following dissolution of 50th Parliament

The 50th Parliament was brought to an end at 11 a.m. on Thursday, 14 August 2014, when a proclamation was read on the steps of Parliament House. This was the first step towards the holding of the general election on Saturday, 20 September 2014.

14 Aug 14

Watch the dissolution of Parliament

A proclamation dissolving Parliament will be read at 11 a.m. on Thursday, 14 August 2014. This will take place on the steps of Parliament House. Everyone is welcome to attend.

13 Aug 14

Planning for opening of 51st Parliament

The 50th Parliament may have only just adjourned, with the formal ending still to happen on 14 August, but plans are already well underway for the opening of the 51st Parliament. This takes place over two days, incorporating tradition and tikanga as well as the formal processes for installing a new House of Representatives.

07 Aug 14

New Zealand at war announced on steps of Parliament in 1914

At 1 p.m. on 5 August 1914, on the steps of the Parliamentary Library, Governor Lord Liverpool read the telegram advising that Britain, and thus New Zealand, was at war with Germany. Around 15,000 people were there to hear the announcement. Great patriotic enthusiasm followed, with thousands marching through the streets of Wellington that evening.

04 Aug 14

House sits for last time before election

Thursday’s sitting of the House was the last of the 50th Parliament. The final item of business was the adjournment debate. The Speaker of the House, the Rt Hon David Carter, gave the last speech, and in it he mentioned some statistics relating to the 50th Parliament.

01 Aug 14

Disclosure of expenses claimed by members of Parliament

Expenses claimed by members of Parliament for the 3 months from 1 April to 30 June 2014 have been released.

31 Jul 14