How Parliament works
Find out what’s happening in the House
A lot goes on during a sitting week at Parliament.
Role of Parliament
Parliament makes laws and holds the Government to account over its policies, actions, and spending. Parliament consists of the Sovereign (represented in New Zealand by the Governor-General) and the House of Representatives. Both have important work to do.
How laws are made
New laws begin their life as a bill. After stages of careful consideration and acceptance by Parliament they'll become a law that affects everyone. Take a closer look at how laws are made in New Zealand.
Who’s who in Parliament?
What’s the difference between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the House? Do Whips really carry around whips – and what does a musterer do?
Parliamentary Privilege in New Zealand
The New Zealand Parliament has a variety of functions that are crucial to a democratic society. To enable the effective discharge of these functions, Parliament and its members have certain powers, rights and immunities that are collectively called — privilege.
Didn't find what you're looking for, or just want to know more? Our fact sheets cover a range of subjects about Parliament in detail that you may not have found elsewhere on the website.
In this section you'll find the procedural guides for Parliament.
Parliament has its own language and terminology. This glossary lists the terms and explains what they mean.
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Prime Minister's Statement
At 2pm on the first sitting day of each year the Prime Minister makes a statement to the House reviewing public affairs and outlining the Government’s legislative (and other policy) intentions for the year ahead.
Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand
Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand is a comprehensive guide to the rules, practices and procedures of our Parliament.
Parliamentary cross-party groups
Select committee meetings aren’t the only place where MPs from across the House put aside their differences to work together towards a common purpose.