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  • Who we are
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    25 November 2019
    The Office of the Clerk is the House of Representatives’ secretariat. We help the Clerk of the House to provide the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives with specialist parliamentary procedure and legal advice, and professional and administrative services.
  • What we do
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    21 January 2016
    The Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives exists to establish and maintain the definitive record of Parliament’s decisions; to assist the House to develop and maintain its rules of procedure, and to advocate for the effectiveness of Parliament as a democratic institution.
  • Our legal status
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    21 January 2016
    The Office of the Clerk operates under the Clerk of the House of Representatives Act 1988. It is a non-public service department and is separate from other agencies in the parliamentary complex including the Parliamentary Service.
  • The broader context
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    21 January 2016
    The Office of the Clerk’s role within the broader context of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements.
  • Planning and accountability
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    21 January 2016
    The Office of the Clerk operates under a dedicated Act of Parliament (Clerk of the House of Representatives Act 1988) and is part of the legislative rather than the executive branch of government. It is subject to public finance legislation and to the financial oversight of the Treasury and of the Auditor-General. It is required to consult the State Services Commissioner in a number of personnel areas.
  • Role of the Clerk
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    25 November 2019
    The Clerk of the House of Representatives is the principal permanent officer of the House. The Clerk is the main contact for the Speaker and other members when they need procedural or legal advice about important or sensitive issues. The Clerk also leads policy initiatives when the Office contributes to parliamentary or constitutional matters.
  • Role of the Office of the Clerk
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    23 February 2016
    The Office of the Clerk exists to achieve the following: ‘The outcome of the Office of the Clerk is a functioning legislature in which members of Parliament are able to discharge their constitutional duties in respect of the consideration of legislation and other parliamentary business.’
  • Deputy Clerk
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    25 November 2019
    The Deputy Clerk is the House’s second principal permanent officer and deputy chief executive, and in this role scrutinises questions for oral answer.
  • House Services group
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    25 November 2019
    The House Services group provides support for sittings of the House and committees of the whole House.
  • Select Committees and Corporate group
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    25 November 2019
    The SCORP group is led by James Picker, Senior Manager Select Commmittees and Corporate and is responsible for select committees, organisational support, records, ICT relationship management, and risk and planning. Human resources, payroll and accounts payable processing are outsourced to the Parliamentary Service.
  • Working with other agencies
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    25 November 2019
  • Office of the Clerk - current vacancies
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    13 January 2020
    View current vacancies at Office of the Clerk.