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Published date: 13 Jan 2017

To get started, enter your search term/s in the site search box in the banner of each webpage.

 

What does your search include?

Everything published on the parliament.nz website including the content of most PDF files.  Please note that some PDF files supplied to Parliament are scanned as images by the provider and are not able to be searched by our search engine.

 

Tips to get the search results you want using the banner search box

  • Each time you search using the banner search box, the search engine treats this as a new search.
  • After you have hit enter, your search term/s will be entered into the search box on the left hand column of the search results page and displayed at the top of the search results.
  • You can refine your results further – see Refining your results after an initial search
  • You can enter your search terms and refinements (using quotation marks and other search operators) directly into the banner search box - see Search term / search string options for use in banner search box.


Results are ranked by relevance

Results are ranked by their relevance to your search terms, based on:

  • where the words appear in the record (words in the title are ranked higher than words in other fields)
  • proximity to the beginning of the title, subject, author, etc.
  • number of occurrences of the term within the record


Search uses a synonyms list

Your search automatically identifies common synonyms as identified by Parliamentary Staff. This allows you to find terms by their commonly known abbreviations or vice versa.  Examples:

  • Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives = AJHR = AtoJs
  • Accident Compensation Corporation = ACC

 

Search uses automatic stemming

Your search automatically includes plural and singular forms, as well as common suffix and tense variations of your search terms.

  • ready will match records with the term ready or readiness but not read or reading


Stop words are not included in the search

Most stop words (commonly used words with little meaning) are removed from any search terms you enter in the search box unless they are part of an exact phrase search.  Examples of common stop words include: a, an, and, are, as, at, be, by, for, in, is, it, of, on, or, that, the, this, to, was, will, with, the.

 

Refining the results after your initial search

You can refine your results using any or all of the following: section filter, “find pages with” fields, and/or occurrences in the document title or webpage URL.

Refine your results with the section filter

After your initial search, you can refine your search further using the section filter (left hand column of search results page) which allows you to limit results to particular sections of the site (eg Hansard, Select Committees etc).  To see the contents of each section, view the full site map.

  

 

 

 

 

Refine your results using the “Find pages with” fields

  You can also refine your search results using this set of fields to filter your initial search.

All these words (AND)

  • This search field uses the operator AND between each of the entered search terms
  • Each of the terms entered in this search box must appear in the selected fields, regardless of order

Example:

  • What you enter: parties electorates
  • What it searches for: [your initial search and] parties AND electorates
  • What you will see in the results: your search results will be refined to those items which contain both terms

 

This exact word or phrase

  • This search box treats the search terms entered as a complete phrase
  • This allows you to search for resources where the exact phrase appears
  • The set of terms must appear in the selected fields, exactly as you have entered it
  • You can also search for exact phrases in the banner search box by putting quotes around the phrase or phrases.

Example:

  • What you enter: tax cuts
  • What it searches for: [your initial search and] “tax cuts”
  • What you will see in the results: your search results will be refined to those items which contain both the initial search and the exact phrase

Any of the words (OR)

  • Search box uses the operator OR between each of the entered search terms
  • At least one of the terms entered in this search box must appear in the selected fields
  • OR means MORE

Example:

  • What you enter: member MP
  • What it searches for: member OR MP
  • What you will see in the results: All results may have just one or both of the terms

None of these words (NOT)

  • This search box uses the operator NOT between each of the entered search terms
  • This allows you to focus your search by excluding specific terms
  • Terms entered in this search box must not appear in any of the selected fields

Example:

  • What you enter:
    • In ALL OF THE WORDS: parties
    • In WITHOUT THE WORDS: electorates
  • What it searches for: parties NOT electorates
  • What you will see in the results: All results will have parties, none will have electorates

 

Refine results to show occurrences in the title or URL

You can also refine your search results using this set of fields to also filter your search results.  The default search is anywhere in the page.  You can refine your search to only show results with your search term/s in the document title or in the URL of the webpage.

 

 

 

Search string options to use in the banner search box

When entering your search term in the banner search box, you can:

  • Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases

You may use quotation marks around multiple words to search for exact phrases

  • “prime minister’s statement” will return results where the complete phrase appears
  • without quotes, it will return results where words in the search term appear in any order and not necessarily as a phrase
  • you can also search for multiple exact phrases, “prime minister’s statement” “land transport”

 

  • Search operators (Boolean operators)

The following commonly used search operators have been implemented to work in the Parliament website search:

+ or – to include or exclude terms

AND, OR, NOT, and other Boolean search operators

 

Need more search help?

Our Advanced Search function allows you to search on metadata.  The Advanced Search help page provides advice on how to refine your search.

Please contact the Parliamentary Information Service if you need help with searching on the Parliament website.