- Watching at home on a TV
- Watching the webcast
- Watching on the Virtual House App
- TV guide - broadcast times
- Between House sitting broadcasts
- Watching Parliament TV on-demand
- Simultaneous interpretation from Māori into English
- New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpreters
- Report a fault
- Give us your feedback
You can watch Parliament TV at home on these digital television channels:
- Freeview 31
- Sky 86
- Vodafone 86
Parliament TV can be streamed to computers, tablets or smart phones. Visit Parliament on Demand and select play to watch Parliament TV.
You can watch the broadcast of Parliament TV on the Virtual House app.
Parliament TV broadcasts live during meetings of Parliament (also described as when the House sits). The House follows an agreed programme of sitting days when MPs all meet in Parliament’s Debating Chamber.
The Parliament Calendar provides details of dates and times for House sittings.
Question time is replayed on Parliament TV each sitting day at 6pm and 10pm.
When Parliament TV is not broadcasting live content, it shows information from select committees about submissions on bills, petitions and inquiries - including closing dates.
- Have your say and influence the laws passed by Parliament. Get involved by making a submission.
Through the Parliament website you have access to over 30,000 individual videos of Parliament TV content.
On Parliament TV
When Māori is spoken on Parliament TV, English speaking viewers can hear an interpretation by selecting the language option available on their television.
Both audio channels are available via your decoder’s remote control. If you want to access the audio channel containing the interpretation, you will need to select the alternative language channel. It might be labelled ‘English Alt’. You will need to explore the language options because decoders behave differently depending on the model and your service provider. Try buttons such as ‘audio’, ‘+’, ‘menu’, ‘setup’ or ‘options’.
On web stream
Both audio channels are also available for the live streaming over the internet of the House’s proceedings. The image below shows you where the simultaneous interpretation option is located:
Radio New Zealand’s AM Network only broadcasts the un-translated audio.
New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is available during oral questions from 2pm to about 3pm each sitting day.
NZSL interpretation is also provided on Budget Day for the Budget Statement presented by the Minister of Finance and speeches from party leaders.
It is also available for some other significant events at Parliament, such as the Opening of Parliament every three years.
Captioning of live content
Captioning of Parliament TV (PTV) content is available on:
Captioning of delayed content
Captions are also available on replays of Parliament TV at 6pm and 10pm on sitting days.
You can select the ‘CC’ option in the YouTube video player to see captioned content.
Please note that not all on demand content has been captioned yet. Parliament is still looking at options to provide captioning for all on-demand videos.
Using Parliament TV content
If you or your organisation would like to reuse content from Parliament TV, please read our terms and conditions of use.
Like any technology, there is the occasional problem. Our technicians try to fix any broadcast problem as quickly as possible. To help us determine the appropriate fix for any reception problem and before contacting us, please try these tips to identify and resolve the issue.
- Is just Parliament TV affected or is it all channels? If all channels, check your reception.
- Check your remote control– is it working as it should? Maybe the batteries are flat?
- Are you in a ‘blind spot’ or an area that could be obstructing the transmission signal?
- Check the batteries or power supply.
- Refresh your web browser or restart your device.
Email us your Parliament TV issues: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email any feedback you have about Parliament TV to email@example.com.
If you feel there has been a breach of broadcasting standards, please lodge a formal complaint to:
For more information on broadcasting standards please call BSA Infoline on 0800 366 996 or visit the website: www.bsa.govt.nz.