In the New Zealand Parliament there are seven parliamentary parties represented by 121 MPs. These MPs represent 64 general electorates and seven Māori electorates. The other 50 MPs are selected from the party lists.
Parliament's decisions affect all New Zealanders. Have your say and influence the laws passed by Parliament. You can get involved by voting in elections, contacting an MP, making a submission or petitioning Parliament.
Update: The Social Services Committee has now reported on the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill. This bill aims to update the drafting, style, and structure of New Zealand’s social security legislation.
Currently, State care and protection ends on a young person’s 17th birthday. Raising this to end on their 18th birthday is one of the changes proposed in a bill being considered by the Social Services Committee.