How Parliament works

  • A group of children and adults happily giving the thumbs up!

    Our system of government

    New Zealand's system of government is known as a constitutional monarchy. It is made up of democratically elected representatives (the MPs) who form the House of Representatives. The Government advises our Head of State, the Queen. This section outlines the key elements of our system. Our system of government

  • The Right Honourable David Carter, 29th Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives.

    Office of the Speaker

    The Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives is the highest officer elected by the House. The position is third most important in New Zealand, after the Governor-General and the Prime Minister. The Office of the Speaker supports the Speaker in this role. The current Speaker is The Right Honourable David Carter. Office of the Speaker