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Planning to visit Parliament for Youth Parliament on Tuesday 16 or Wednesday 17 July?

Here are a few things you might like to know when you visit.

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Source: Office of the Clerk

Select Committees

You are welcome to sit and watch the Youth Parliament Select Committees while they are hearing from submitters on Tuesday 16 July 2019 1:50-2:50pm. Any other time the Select Committees are closed to the public.

You are welcome to take photos, film, or post on social media before or after the select committee meetings, or in the breaks, but not during. Please do not post public messages on social media—for example, tweets and Facebook status updates—that relate to the meeting of the select committee while the select committee is meeting.

In the House

The Youth MPs will consider four things in the House across the two days events: Questions to Ministers, the Sustainable Energy Mock Bill, Presentation of Youth Parliament Select Committee Reports, and General Debate. You are welcome to watch the proceedings from the galleries. You cannot take your belongings with you into the public gallery and cannot wear a hat (except religious headwear). You can leave your bags, coats, phones, cameras and other electronic devices in our secure storage.

There are limited seats in the galleries, and although there will be an overflow area on the ground floor of Parliament House, we cannot guarantee seating. Some seats will be reserved for international guests in the Speaker’s Gallery, but reservations for the general public are not available.

You are welcome to come and watch the Opening Ceremony of Youth Parliament from 9:30am-10:20am from the gallery of the Legislative Council Chamber. Please be seated no later than 9:20am.

Family and supporters are welcome to come into the Chamber to take photos with the Youth MPs on Tuesday 16th July: 12.40 – 12:50pm (after Questions to Ministers) and Wednesday 17th July: 12.30 – 12.40pm (after the Legislative debate and vote). Please note no flash photography is permitted and these times may be changed or cancelled due to security reasons.

Photos

You are welcome to take photos around the precinct where you are permitted to access. Please do not take photos of the following without permission:
• officials and youth participants;
• members of Parliament and staff who work on the parliamentary precinct; or
• security equipment (x-ray machines, security access systems)

Security

Security, on behalf of the Speaker, may ask visitors who interrupt proceedings or who otherwise engage in misconduct to leave the galleries and/or the parliamentary precinct. These rules may be amended at any time for security reasons. Security, on behalf of the Speaker, will inform visitors of the changes and advise accordingly.

Copperfields Café and Oliver’s

Copperfield’s Café and Oliver’s will be open to the public during Youth Parliament.

Copperfield’s Café is located on Level One of the Executive Wing and offers an á la carte menu. It is open from 7 am to 4.30pm.

Oliver’s is located on the ground floor between the Executive Wing and Bowen House. It offers a selection of hot and cold takeaway items throughout the day, made fresh daily. It is open from 7.30am to 4pm.

Security, on behalf of the Speaker, may ask visitors who interrupt proceedings or who otherwise engage in misconduct to leave the galleries and/or the parliamentary precinct. These rules may be amended at any time for security reasons. Security, on behalf of the Speaker, will inform visitors of the changes and advise accordingly.

More information

If you want to find out more information on visiting Parliament, check out this link: https://www.parliament.nz/en/visit-and-learn/visit/planning-your-visit/